NEWS RELEASE 8/2/2012
|FLINT POLICE CHIEF ALVERN LOCK AND LIEUTENANT LEIGH TIDBALL RECEIVE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR WORK ON SERIAL STABBER CASE.|
Flint Michigan — August 2, 2012— The Michigan State Police honored Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock and Police Lieutenant Leigh Tidball with the Award for Professional Excellence yesterday in recognition of their role in the apprehension of convicted serial stabber Elias Abuelazam. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Atkinson and Captain Rick Arnold of the Michigan State Police were on hand to present the awards.|
Lt. Col. Atkinson cited the crucial role Chief Lock and Lt. Tidball had in the investigation and search for Abuelazam. “Within five days of the formation of the taskforce to investigate these crimes, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody,” Atkinson said during the presentation of the award.
Chief Lock was humbled by the award, pointing out that the investigation was a team effort. “This case was solved because of the teamwork and dedication of everyone involved,” Lock stated, it. Tidball and the other officers on the taskforce did a great job in helping to find this individual and bring him to justice.” Lt. Tidball, who was a sergeant at the time of the investigation, was cited as being one of the first to point out the pattern
of the crimes and link them to a single suspect.
Abuelazam was arrested while in the process of trying to leave the U.S. for Israel. A citation accompanying the award proclaims “[yjour tenacity in bringing the suspect to justice resulted in his arrest in Georgia moments before his international flight would have left the country.” Abuelazam is now serving a life sentence for the murder of one of
his victims, Arnold Ray Minor.