Police networking helps ID serial attackers

Cops put the pieces together quickly given the complexities of the stabbing spree


By Alan Gomez
USA TODAY

ATLANTA — Police believe Elias Abuelazam's stabbing spree started in late May when he killed a 31-year-old on a dark street in Flint, Mich., but Flint police did not begin discussing the possibility of a serial killer until late July, when the area had six stabbings over six straight nights.

By the time they reached out to Michigan State Police to create a task force to track the killer in the first week of August, 14 people had been attacked, five fatally. He later became a suspect in attacks in two other states.

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