Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wash Po-*Update* Middle Eastern Suspect Arrested As Racial Slasher

Elias Abuelazam, suspect in racially motivated attacks: Washington Post
(Story reported by Debbi Wilgoren, Maria Glod, Mary Pat Flaherty, and Caitlin Gibson for the Washington Post)

A man with ties to Loudoun County and Michigan was arrested in a series of killings in Michigan and attacks on black men in Leesburg and Ohio as he tried to board a plane from Atlanta to Israel late Wednesday, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, acting on information from the FBI, stopped Abuelazam at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the agency.

A big break in the case came on Aug, 5, when the suspect, Elias Abuelazam, 33, was pulled over on a traffic violation on Walter Reed Drive in Arlington. Authorities found a knife and a hammer in his car, police said

Abuelazam lives in Michigan, but has long ties to Leesburg and Northern Virginia. He was preparing to board Delta Flight 152 bound for Tel Aviv.when he was arrested. He was detained on a warrant from Michigan charging him with assault with intent to murder, the FBI said. Abuelazam is now in the custody of the FBI in Atlanta awaiting extradition to Michigan. 

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

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