Flint man charged in a stabbing at church

| October 10, 2010

TOLEDO — The Flint man suspected in stabbings in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio was charged with attempted murder Friday in the stabbing of a Toledo church custodian this summer.

A grand jury indicted Elias Abuelazam, who was also charged with felonious assault in the stabbing of Tony Leno. Leno was standing outside the church when a man asked for directions, then began stabbing him.

Leno survived the attack. Abuelazam was arrested a few days later while trying to board a plane from Atlanta to Israel, his native country.

Abuelazam also faces one murder charge and five charges of attempted murder in Michigan. Five men were killed and nine were injured in a series of stabbings that began in May in the Flint area. Abuelazam also is a suspect in two stabbings and a hammer attack in Virginia.

Leno told police that he was taking a smoking break outside the church where he works when a muscular man pulled over in his Chevy Blazer, got out and asked for directions.

As the 59-year-old custodian turned to point the way, the stranger — apparently without word or warning — stabbed him twice in the abdomen, got back into his vehicle and drove off into the night, he said.

 

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