Alleged serial killer to be extradited to Michigan

(JTA) – The Arab-Israeli suspect in a series of killings and attacks in three states waived his extradition to Michigan.

Elias Abuelazam, 33, a Christian Arab from Ramla, in an Atlanta court last Friday did not contest his extradition to the state where most of his attacks allegedly took place.

Abuelazam will be extradited in the next two weeks. He is expected to face an attempted murder charge in one of the attacks.

Following a trial in Michigan, Virginia will likely request his extradition. Some of the attacks also took place in Ohio.

Abuelazam reportedly was living legally in the United States on a green card obtained when he married a U.S. citizen, from whom he is now divorced. He was last in Israel six months ago, when he reportedly was involved in a brawl in Ramla. He reportedly does not have a police record in Israel.

Abuelazam, who lived in the United States for several years as a child, was arrested Aug. 11 in Atlanta after boarding a flight to his native Israel.

Nearly all of the attacks, which include at least a dozen non-fatal stabbings and five deaths, involved dark-skinned victims, either black or Latin American.

The crimes have not been linked by forensic evidence or DNA testing, but the unprovoked attacks all have similarities, according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that the attacker approached his victims from behind or asked them for help to get close.
 

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