Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wash Po-"Person of Interest" Nabbed In Racially Motivated Attacks

Police sketch of suspect in racist attacks: Michigan State Police Dept.
(Story reported by Debbi Wilgoren, Maria Glod, Mary Pat Flaherty, and Caitlin Gibson for the Washington Post)

A "person of interest" in a series of killings in Michigan and attacks in Leesburg and Ohio was taken into custody in Atlanta late Wednesday as he attempted to flee the country, authorities said Thursday morning. Police believe the attacks are racially motivated.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, acting on information from the FBI, apprehended the suspect about 10 p.m. Wednesday at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to a statement from the agency. The man was preparing to board Delta Flight 152 bound for Tel Aviv.

Officials said warrants have been issued for the man's arrest in both Michigan and Virginia. He was placed into the custody of the FBI and Atlanta Police Department. A law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post the man has relatives in the Leesburg area.

(click here to read the full story on the Washington Post website)

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