The three Leesburg victims -- each black -- have been stabbed or hit on the head with a hammer by a middle-aged white man. Each survived the attack.
Police in Virginia said they are comfortable -- but not completely certain -- linking the attacks to the Michigan attacks.
The first Leesburg attack took place at about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3 near East Market Street and Plaza Street SE, where a 15-year-old was stabbed by an unshaven man in his 40s wearing a ball cap, a blue shirt, green shorts and black shoes. He stood about 6-foot to 6-foot-2-inches and had a stocky build and got away in what was described as an older model green minivan with a white stripe.
At about 6:15 a.m. Aug. 5, there was a similar incident in the 800 block of Edwards Ferry Road NE. In this incident, the victim was a 67-year-old man, and the culprit was described as a white man wearing dark blue shorts and a ball cap and driving away in a dark Chevy station wagon.
Then at about 9:45 p.m. Aug. 6, a 19-year-old man was struck with a blunt object on Catoctin Circle NE, and the attacker fled in a what was described as a Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy, dark green, with possibly a lighter shade on the bottom half.
The 15-year-old and the 67-year-old are still hospitalized -- in good and serious condition, respectively.
Those incidents are similar to a series of attacks in Michigan, the Associated Press reported. A knife-wielding man has killed five and wounded 11, mostly in Flint. The victims in the Leesburg attacks were two African-American men and a Latino teen with a dark complexion. In Michigan, all but one of the 16 victims were black.
Police in Ohio are investigating whether a weekend stabbing that critically injured a church janitor is linked. A stabbing victim in Toledo told police that the attacker was driving a dark green Chevy Blazer, got out and asked for directions and then began stabbing him in the stomach Saturday night.
Survivors of the stabbings in Michigan said the attacker would either ask for help with directions or a broken down vehicle, the AP reported.
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