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(photo credit: AP)
No criminal investigation has been launched or complaint filed in Israel against
an Israeli- Arab suspected in a series of stabbings that left five people dead
and 13 wounded over recent months in the United States.
it had been widely reported in Israeli and foreign news outlets that Ramle
native Elias Abuelazam, 33, was the suspect in a brutal attack in central Israel
six months ago in which he reportedly stabbed an acquaintance in the face with a
screwdriver during an argument.
On Saturday, Central Police District
Spokesman Shlomi Saguy said that no such complaint had been issued against
Abuelazam, and that he was not the subject of an investigation into such an
incident. He did, however, confirm that there were widespread rumors of
Abuelazam carrying out such an attack. Saguy added that Abuelazam had no
criminal record in Israel and that “we have nothing to do with him,” saying the
case was an American matter.
Abuelazam is the suspect in 18 recent
stabbings in Michigan, Ohio and Virginia. All but two of the victims were
African- American, and they ranged in age from 15 to 67. The attacks took place
in a seemingly random fashion, with Abuelazam suspected of driving up to his
victims and asking for assistance before repeatedly stabbing them and fleeing
the scene. In one of the attacks, the victim was bludgeoned with a
Abuelazam was captured at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
International airport last Wednesday night as he was about to board a plane to
Tel Aviv, traveling on an expired Israeli passport. He was arrested without
incident after he was paged on the airport intercom.
During a hearing at
a courtroom in Atlanta on Friday, Abuelazam agreed to waive an extradition fight
and return to Michigan to face charges in the July 27 attempted murder of a man
in Flint, Michigan. Fourteen of the 18 attacks Abuelazam is suspected of
carrying out took place in Michigan in the Flint area, some 50 miles northwest
Though police say he has no criminal record in Israel, in
December 2007, Abuelazam was arrested in Virginia and charged with a felony of
gun possession, but the charges were dropped. He had a court date scheduled for
next week in relation to a misdemeanor assault charge in 2008.
traffic stop earlier this year, a knife and a hammer were found in Abuelazam’s
1996 Chevrolet Blazer, which matched witness descriptions of a vehicle seen
fleeing one of the attacks.
Abuelazam was born in Israel and grew up in
Ramle, but left for the US at a young age. In 2004, he married Jessica Abuelazam
of Arlington, Texas. The couple divorced in 2007.