Serial Stabbing Suspect Caught on Way to Israel

Cops think Israeli national is man sought in Mich., Va. attacks
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 9:42 AM CDT
Serial Stabbing Suspect Caught on Way to Israel
Bob Katrinic, 59, left, and Kirk Norman, 50, stand outside a storefront in Flint, Mich., on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, a few feet from the most recent victims of a serial killer.   (AP Photo/David N. Goodman)

(Newser) – A possible suspect in a string of 20 stabbings that terrorized people across three states and left five dead was arrested late yesterday at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport as he tried to board a Delta flight for Tel Aviv. The man is being held on unrelated charges, police in Leesburg, Va., said. He is an Israeli citizen who is in the US legally, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The man has ties to Flint, Mich., where the attacks began May 24, and to Leesburg, the site of three similar attacks last week, Leesburg police said. "There are still many issues that need to be addressed before we identify this individual as the person responsible for this horrific crime spree," said a spokesman. Police had been focusing their hunt on Flint—where 16 of the stabbings took place—until Leesburg reported three attacks. Authorities in Toledo, Ohio, say a stabbing in that city Saturday appears to be linked. (Read more serial killers stories.)

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