Serial stabbings suspect leaves Atlanta jail

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ATLANTA  — A man suspected in 18 attacks in three states, including five fatal stabbings, was being extradited to Michigan today to face charges in at least one of the assaults.

Elias Abuelazam left an Atlanta jail this morning, Fulton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said in an e-mail.

The 33-year-old is charged with assault with intent to commit murder in the July 27 stabbing of a 26-year-old Flint man. It's one of 14 stabbings of men in the Flint area, northwest of Detroit. He's also suspected in similar stabbings in Virginia and Ohio.

After arriving by plane in Flint, Mich., Abuelazam is scheduled to be taken directly to the Genesee County jail, said John Potbury, an assistant county prosecutor.

Potbury said Abuelazam will be arraigned on the single count of assault with intent to commit murder.

Brian Morley, Abuelazam's attorney, said he expected the arraignment to be done by video and that it would be "perfunctory."

"I expect nothing out of the ordinary," said Morley, who said he hadn't yet met with his client but expected to do so hopefully before the arraignment.

The attacks started in late spring, and a pattern emerged after a dozen more men were stabbed between late June and early August. Survivors described the attacker as a big man wearing a baseball-style cap and feigning the need for car help or directions.


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