August 6th, 2010
08:38 PM ET

13 stabbings, 5 deaths raise fears in Flint, Michigan

Police in Flint, Michigan, are investigating 13 stabbings resulting in five deaths since late May that they believed have been committed by one man.

Race may be a factor in the crimes: All of the stabbing victims are African-American and the perpetrator is described by surviving victims as a white male, according to the lead investigator on the case, Lt. Tim Johnson of the Flint Police Department.

"I can't say for sure, but all I can say is that it's an awfully strange coincidence that the victims are all African-American," said Johnson.

The attacker, described by surviving victims as muscular and around 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2, in many cases first lured his victims to his car by appearing to have car trouble or needing directions. He then began stabbing the victims, all of whom are described as smaller men. In two cases they were people with special needs.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Put out a APB on a Republican Tea Bagger wielding a knife, yelling Republican Potty themes towards empty buildings at night, last seen huffing crude Oil with a handkerchief in a metro-alley way.

    August 7, 2010 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Flint After Dark

      Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton addresses several questions about the suspected serial killer in the Flint area at a press conference Monday.
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      Leyton said there have been 16 victims of the serial killer, two more than previously police previously released. The two additional victims were attacked in Flint between May 24 and Aug. 2. Neither was fatal and officials did not release the dates or locations of the attacks.

      All victims have been attacked in the early morning hour and have been on foot and often were asked for help bythe suspect, Leyton said. The victims' ages range from 17 to 63 years old, and victim descriptions vary.
      Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton addresses several questions about the suspected serial killer in the Flint area at a press conference Monday.

      Stabbing Suspect
      White Male

      Late 20s – Early 30s
      5'-11" – 6'-2"

      180 – 210 lbs

      May have Light Colored Hair

      Usually Wears a Baseball Cap
      Watch video http://www.FlintAfterDark.com

      Flint, Michigan

      August 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jayne in Flint

    Another stabbing this morning .. but they're not sure yet whether it is connected.

    August 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Flint After Dark

    New web site design for more information, videos and interviews
    Flint's FAD Stabbings
    http://www.FlintAfterDark.com

    Flint, Michigan

    August 9, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. free2comment

    the stabbings seem itenerant and associated with 'Legends' perhaps Michigan Legends Racing, the season schedule shows races at Auto City Speedway in Flint clustered around the time of these stabbings, if the assailant is doing it for the thrill of it he may be a participant and if he is just doing it to get away with it he may travel the circuit. the cap looks similar to the ones some race car drivers wear, but hard to tell.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. chillipepper

    This story came to light right after Thorton killed 8 whites. This is to show don't forget the Whites are the ones that are the really racist people Thats why Thorton killed them racist whites. First off when the story came out it said 5 blacks killed by white guy, a racist killer.Now it says 13 people stabbed up. Says not all are black. What then? 7 White 6 blacks maybe? They don't say. Why only give the number of blacks? Also this is Flint Michigan a large black population. I think since this maniac is stabbing both white and black this is not about race. Blcks are being stabbed too because alot of blacks live in Flint.

    August 9, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Flint After Dark

    Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton addresses several questions about the suspected serial killer in the Flint area at a press conference Monday.
    See video http://www.FlintAfterDark.com
    Tip Line – Toll Free – 24 Hours – 7 Days
    (866) 246-9500

    August 10, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. FlintAfterDark

    Man arrested at Atlanta airport in Flint's FAD stabbings spree

    A suspected serial killer who was captured in Atlanta waived extradition Friday afternoon and will return to Michigan to face charges he stabbed at least one person. The afternoon hearing for Elias Abuelazam was scheduled after his attorney did not show up for a morning hearing, at which the suspect also waived extradition.

    View new video http://www.FlintAfterDark.com

    August 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |