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Israeli Arab in Custody for Serial Killing Spree across the Midwest

August 16th 2010

Palestine Topics - Elias Abuelazzam
Elias Abuelazam

When Elias Abuelazam was questioned by Michigan police in July for a traffic violation and for allegedly providing alcohol to minor, there was no indication then that they had a possible serial killer in their hands. As authorities were investigating 18 stabbings that resulted in five deaths in three states since May, Abuelazam, who resides in Flint, Michigan, became the prime suspect following an anonymous tip referring to the suspect as "Elijah."


Abuelazam, a 33-year-old Israeli Arab, living legally in the United States, was arrested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on August 11 while trying to board a flight back to Israel. He is suspected of 14 attacks in and around his home in Flint, three attacks in Virginia and one in Ohio. The victims were men aged 15 to 67.


The Michigan police were not the only ones to have had their hands on Abuelazam. Northern Virginia authorities revealed that they too had the suspect in custody after pulling him over for a routine traffic stop on August 5, 2010.

A Christian Arab from the city of Ramla, Abuelazam was last living in Flint, Michigan where he had a job for about a month at the Kingwater Market grocery. The store manager told police the suspect said he was leaving on August 1, 2010 to see his sister in Leesburg, Virginia, and had not returned. The suspect obtained a green card when he married Jessica Hirth, a U.S. citizen, in 2004 and who he divorced in 2007. The couple lived together in Virginia near where one of the stabbings took place.

Nabbed in Atlanta, Georgia, Abuelazam will be extradited in the next two weeks back to Michigan where he will likely be tried for murder. Following that trial, it is believed that the State of Virginia will try him. It is believed he was last in Israel six months ago.

Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency, 5W Public Relations and a contributor to the Cutting Edge News.

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