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Aug-12-2010 14:20printcomments

Police Say Israeli Stabbed at Least 18 African-American Men

Serial Stabbing Suspect Nabbed Before Flying Home to Israel; the mental health counsellor is suspected in a string of stabbings of US citizens.

Elias Abuelazam
33-year Elias Abuelazam, an Israeli citizen, has been arrested in a string of 20 stabbings of mostly black men, in three states. Photo: Arlington, Va., County Police Department

(SALEM, Ore.) - A suspect in the stabbing attacks of at least 20 mostly black men, in three states, has been arrested. 33-year Elias Abuelazam, an Israeli citizen, was taken into custody by airport officials in Georgia yesterday. At this point, he is being held on a separate charge, not yet positively identified by police as the serial stabbing suspect. Five people have been left dead in the stabbings. Authorities have no idea how many more victims there may actually be.

Abuelazam was nabbed by US Customs and Border Protection as he attempted to board a plane in Atlanta bound for Israel. The suspect was apparently based in Flint, Michigan. Flint is a central hub for Muslim Americans; including outspoken writers and activists.

States in the investigation at this point are: Michigan, Virginia and Ohio.

One Murder in March of 2009 involved the death of 44-year-old Jammie Lane, who was stabbed to death in his residence. It is an example of the cases that are not yet tied to the suspect, but could be. Regarding the stabbing of Jammie Lane, Leesburg, Virginia Police Chief Joseph Price said, "We are going to explore all possible connections; that case remains a very active case,"

The suspect's vehicle has been located. Leesburg Police Officer Chris Jones told reporters that the police, "have information that he was trying to leave the country."

Jones says over the past week, investigators from the Michigan Task Force, Leesburg Police Department, Toledo Police Dept, the FBI, and numerous other law enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly investigating leads and tips from the public in regard to stabbing incidents that occurred in Flint, Michigan; Leesburg, Virginia; and Toledo, Ohio.

"Late yesterday afternoon, one of those tips developed into a strong investigative lead that identified an individual who has ties to both the Flint, Michigan and Leesburg, Virginia areas. Investigators from the Michigan Task Force, Leesburg Police and the FBI worked this lead through the night. A person of interest was taken into custody. He is currently being held on unrelated charges," Jones said.

He believes this is a key step in the investigation, but there are still many issues that need to be addressed before they identify this individual as the person responsible for this horrific crime spree.

Jones added, "All agencies and investigators continue to work closely to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. As more information is solidified, additional information will be released. The involved agencies and jurisdictions want to thank the media and the public for their continued assistance and support in this investigation."

Sources confirm that Abuelazam is an Israeli citizen. There are conflicting reports as to whether he is in the United States legally. The suspect's work visa specified that he was at one point a mental health technician at Leesburg's Piedmont Behavioral Health Center.

A Michigan task force released this list of attacks between May 24 and Aug. 2.

  • May 21 - Mich. - Fatal
  • June 21 - Mich. - Fatal
  • June 26 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 4 - Mich. - Wound (white victim)
  • July 12 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 19 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 23 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 26 - Mich. - Fatal (begins AM attacks)
  • July 27 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 28 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 29 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 30 - Mich. - Wound
  • July 30 - Mich. - Fatal
  • Aug. 1 - Mich. - Wound
  • Aug. 1 - Mich. - Wound
  • Aug. 2 - Mich. - Fatal
  • Aug. 3 - Leesburg - Wound
  • Aug. 5 - Leesburg - Wound
  • Aug. 6 - Leesburg - wound (Hammer)
  • Aug. 7 - Toledo, Ohio - wound

Only two of the 20 men attacked are not black.

Sources:
Arrest made in serial stabbings case
Stabbing spree suspect arrested at Atlanta airport


Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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jake August 15, 2010 4:36 pm (Pacific time)

The attacker's name is a Muslim name. Based on the reporting that he is Israeli and that his name is Abuelezam, the attacker appears to be an Arab Israeli. The reporter should identify him as such if he wishes to be accurate and not misleading. Based on his responses to comments above, he seems inclined to malign Israel and "the Zionists". 20% of Israel's citizens are Arab, with full rights. But as a group they are religiously and racially intolerant and commit acts of violence and terrorism disproportionate to their numbers.


Natalie August 16, 2010 2:53 pm (Pacific time)

I'd like some clarity on this matter, too. If I'm not mistaken, Associated Press reported that he's an Arab Palestinian holding Israel's citizenship.


hypocrcicy August 16, 2010 7:08 am (Pacific time)

Why not say it as it is? A Palestinian stabbed these victims.


Osotan; August 14, 2010 9:00 am (Pacific time)

"qimpy low life wimp".,I think "little lowlife scummy white trash loser" is slightly more creative and figure you must be scathed by now Tim, he,(is it a he for sure?).,didn't even call you an israel hater or left wing moonbat drug addict. The one thing he said though,"weak developed minds" made me think the poster maybe a redneck off their prozac.,grammatically it's a classic oxymoron and collapses into a dust cloud without structural existence. I'll keep checking in.

Tim King: I know, he has no originality at all!


Anonymous August 13, 2010 12:04 pm (Pacific time)

The IP address seems to originate from glendale california. The point is, I know your business leans democrat, but I think you are a good guy Tim, and will see soon that both parties are the same, so sorry to have to bash obama a bit here, but under his watch, the federal government is hiring these trolls. I knew it was coming. Three objectives given to the trolls: support israel, promote racism, and demoralize the American people. This is why I get concerned about Daniel, he is following their agenda perfectly. Makes me wonder. I whole heartedly support your comments to the other posters on this article..Keep up the good work.


Johnson August 13, 2010 11:09 am (Pacific time)

Regarding post by Morris: On a national level they did make out the suspect as some "white racist," and this has always been code for non-liberal whites. It's obvious the staff on this blog do not keep up with national news, you just report what your little undeveloped minds deem relevant, well your news stories by and large have no readership of a commercial nature/value, nor do your idiotic opinions have any following other than to others of similar weak developed minds. Right on to Slim Pickery. Hey editor post my IP you wimpy lowlife wimp! You would wet your pants in front of me you little lowlife scummy white trash loser!

Editor: Look at that, a tongue lashing from a racist!  Isn't that funny?  It isn't just a racist, it is a racist team member.  Probably an SS guard in a former life.  I'll say this much, the little turd has used so many different names while commenting here, that we need to know nothing more.  His IP by the way, is IP 69.163.239.125 .  'wimpy lowlife wimp' - now that is original!  


Anonymous August 13, 2010 8:42 am (Pacific time)

Slim's IP appears to be an anonymous proxy. Your best bet is simply to ignore his postings.


Mac August 13, 2010 2:12 am (Pacific time)

I think everyone should be calm first in this situation -- not a white guy or southerner for that matter, but an Israeli-- for all we know his intention could have been to promote racial tension in OUR country. This can get really bad really quickly. As far as media bias -- if this were a black man accused of stabbing 20 white men it would have been first page, first story news after stabbing no 2. I am just hearing of the story today for the first time(granted I live in FL). America used to be the land of the free and home of the brave. It is now the land of the smart-ass net bigot and home of the cowardly (people post stuff they don't have the 'nads to say). People have false security in internet anonymity and if called to the carpet will immediately say "i didn't mean it like that" or " you misunderstood". I see far more comments from racist whites than I do from blacks. Heck here is a story about a man stabbing black men, and the white-victim crowd is posting racist rants. Honestly, If blacks were as racist as whites this page would be filled with comments about overthrowing social order and revolution ( but we leave that to the 'haters')


Morris August 12, 2010 6:49 pm (Pacific time)

It reminds me of the Muslim sniper killings in DC.

Portray the killer - when you have no evidence to support such a theory - as a conservative white guy (I mean, the police sketch looks like some trucker you'd run into in a honkytonk dive bar) and play down the actual background of the non-conservative, non-white killer when he is caught.

Editor: The cops have the evidence, we just report it.  Yes, there are similarities to the other case you referenced, that is true.  But where on earth did you get 'conservative white guy' from?  That is all you Morris, not me.  My impression is that, if he is found guilty, he is another whacko religious extremist from the Middle East.  They don't have to be Muslim; in fact Zionists oppress and kill far more people on a regular basis. 


Slim Pickery August 12, 2010 6:13 pm (Pacific time)

No doubt PTSD from all the terrorist attacks on his country. Maybe they should have the trial in Israel? Maybe Obama can pardon him if he's found guilty? Maybe that cop killing negroid in Philly whose got all those filthy negroid racists backing him can come to his defense, or the other mfing negroids that actually commit 68% of all murders counting the unsolved ones? Karma! Time for the same nullification negroid simpson got along with all the other filthy subhuman murdering negroids and negroid rapists' who rape over 100 white women a day as per the FBI. Yeah you white fools on this site, look up the interracial crime rates and see what fools you are for backing this filth wothout them stepping forward and accepting responsibility for their racial crimes. Yeah karma to all this filth and the scum that supports the violence against their own race!

Editor: Hey everyone, this is the sickest puppy we get on a very regular basis.  I always delete his racist rants but thought this one needs to go ahead and be published, along with his IP: IP 209.59.36.211  I think this racist scumbag would tremble like a little girl if he ever met me, and maybe we will someday.  I hope those creative types can track down personal information on this dirty piece of toilet paper.  If someone tracks down his physical address, name and number I would be happy to post it. 


Anonymous August 12, 2010 3:50 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks tim for the article. If this person would have been Iranian, it would be on tv 24/7. Thanks Tim.

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