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.