Arrest Made in Connection with Serial Stabbing Case

Law enforcement authorities have a man in custody in connection with the serial stabbing cases that have terrorized residents across three states. Based on information provided by a tip from the public regarding the hunt for the serial killer, authorities were able to locate an individual of interest in the case. Authorities obtained search warrants and were able to track the suspect electronically through several states, resulting in an arrest Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers arrested the man at approximately   10 p.m. Wednesday night at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as he attempted to board a Delta flight for Tel Aviv. The suspect was handed over to the FBI and Atlanta police.

Composite sketch of suspect provided by Michigan Police

This composite sketch provided by the Michigan State Police on Friday Aug. 6, 2010 shows a suspect in a string of murders in the Flint area.

Genesee County authorities in Michigan will be holding a press conference Thursday morning with more details.

In a statement released by Leesburg Police regarding the connection to the local stabbing cases, police officials stated:

Over the past week investigators from the Michigan Task Force, Leesburg Police Department, Toledo Police Dept, the FBI, and numerous other law enforcement agencies, have worked tirelessly investigating leads and tips from the public.

Late yesterday afternoon one of those tips developed into a strong investigative lead that identified an individual who has ties to both the Flint, Michigan and Leesburg, Virginia areas. Investigators from the Michigan Task Force, Leesburg and the FBI worked this lead through the night. A person of interest was taken into custody. He is currently being held on unrelated charges.

While this is a key step in the investigation, there are still many issues that need to be addressed before we identify this individual as the person responsible for this horrific crime spree.

All agencies and investigators continue to work closely to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. As more information is solidified, additional information will be released. The involved agencies and jurisdictions want to thank the media and the public for their continued assistance and support in this investigation