Crime: In the spring and summer of 2010 a mad man went on a stabbing spree of random victims mainly in the city of Flint. He tended to attack at night and the men were mainly smaller framed non muscular men. At one point some said that the attacks were racially motivated but if you know the demographics of Flint the city is mainly black. Also not that safe of a city for a white man to be walking alone late at night there.
18 stabbings total occurred which resulted in 5 deaths. The culprit would drive around late at night in his Chevy Trailblazer and approach men walking alone and ask them for directions or help fixing his vehicle. Then he would stab them in the chest or stomach. Police later on also connected crimes in Leesburg, Virginia and Toledo, Ohio to the same ones happening in Flint. Along with the crimes committed in the US the culprit is also suspected of stabbing a man in the face with a screwdriver in his home town of Ramala in Israel.
Culprit Elias Abuelazam (Born August 28th, 1976) is an Arab-Israeli born Christian. He was a large man standing 6’5 and weighing 280 lbs. He later moved to the United States where he aquired a green card but was never an American citizen. He use to work at as a mental health technician in a psychiatric facility in Leesburg, Virginia.
Abuelazam was married for a brief period in 2004-2007 to Jessica Hirth whos family was shocked that he committed the crimes.
Capture: While living in Flint Abuelazam worked at a place called The Kingwater Market. His blazer was caught on video in an attack he committed in Virginia. Once the image of his vehicle was released to the public another employee notified police. She said that a man that worked there drove the same vehicle and matched the description and ironically enough just came back from Virginia.
Abuelazam had left the store and the owner and workers only knew him as Eli as he was paid in cash. But with another stroke of luck an officer wrote him a ticket a few weeks before for selling alchol to minors. Then they realized he was no where to be found.
A shoelace from one of the victims Frank Kellybrew was found in Abuelazam’s SUV and murder victim Arnold Minor’s blood was found in his SUV also.
The police were able to acquire his cell phone number and pinged him to a tower near the Louisville, Kentucky airport. When they called the airport they found out he was going to Atlanta and then boarding a plane to Tel Aviv, Israel. Right before he could board the plane he was apprahended at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport.
Previous Arrests: In August 5th of 2010 he was arrested in Arlington, Virginia for a traffic violation and had a warrant for his arrest on an assault charge. Then was released shortly after. Federal authorities have not yet responded to his complaint.
Incarceration: Abuelazam was only charged with 3 counts of murder and 6 counts of attempted murder. He is currently housed in Genesee County Jail in solitary confinment. Locked up for 23 hours a day.
Lawsuit for deportation: Abuelazam filed a lawsuit against the federal government asking to be deported back to his native Israel to stand trial for attempted murder there he did back in 2009. The law suit claims that Abuelazam be deported back to his native Israel so he can be convicted of attempted murder.