Travel Costs Keep Stabbing Suspect in Georgia

Budget Deficit Could Keep Abuelazam in Georgia for Now

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM EDT
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Serial Stabbing Suspect Has Strong Virginia Ties

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L: A Michigan State Police composite of the serial stabber. R: Elias Abuelazam in Arlington County Police Custody, Aug. 5, 2010.

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Authorities in Michigan don’t yet know who will pay to move a suspected serial killer from Georgia.

The suspect, Elias Abuelazam, is also suspected in three stabbings in Leesburg, Va.

Abuelazam was taken into custody in Atlanta last week as he tried to board a flight to Israel. Investigators in Flint, Mich., where Abuelazam has been charged with assault with intent to murder, say the county’s budget deficit is holding up the extradition process.

Meanwhile, investigators in Kentucky said they found Abuelazam’s two suitcases at a Louisville airport. A Michigan police task force traveled to Kentucky to pick up that luggage. Investigators would not say what it contains.

Abuelazam faces charges in connection with a July 17th attack in Flint, Michigan.

It’s believed to be one of 18 related cases, including five murders in Michigan, and attacks in Virginia and Ohio.


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