NEWS RELEASE   9/20/2010

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OPEN MURDER: ONE OF SEVERAL NEW CHARGES ANNOUNCED TODAY AGAINST GENESEE COUNTY SERIAL STABBER SUSPECT ELIAS ABUELAZAM

Flint, Michigan-September 20, 2010-During a press conference Monday morning Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced several new charges against Elias Abuelazam, the suspect in a series of stabbings and murders in Flint and Genesee County.

Abuelazam, who is being held in the Genesee County Jail charged with one count of assault with intent to murder, was charged Monday with four additional counts of assault with intent to murder. These new counts are related to the stabbings of three men from Flint and one from Genesee Township.

Prosecutor Leyton also announced the first murder charge against Abuelazam. The suspect is charged with the August 2, 2010 stabbing death of Arnold Minor. “The victims DNA profile or blood was found inside the suspect’s vehicle,” said Prosecutor Leyton. The Prosecutor is waiting for results from evidence at the Michigan State Crime Lab to determine if Abuelazam will face more charges.

Abuelazam is suspected of stabbing 14 people in Genesee County, killing 5. He is also suspected of similar assaults in Ohio and Virginia.

For several days in early August, Flint was a community on edge after police alerted residents of a possible serial stabber. More than 400 tips were called in to the tip line about the possible whereabouts and identity of the suspected killer. On August 11, 2010, 33 year old Abuelazam was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia while preparing to board a plane to Israel.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling credits the community with helping investigators capture the suspect. “Because someone was willing to share information about a crime this community now breathes a sigh of relief knowing this suspected killer is off the streets. “There are many unsolved crimes in our community just waiting for someone to speak up. We need more people to come forward and share information about crimes that have been committed.”

For more information contact Dawn Jones (81) 237-2039 or dfjones@cityofflint.com.

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