Flint court records show that Elias Abuelazam — whose residence is listed as Bradenton, Fla. — is officially charged with assault with intent to murder in the stabbing of Antwione Marshall on July 27 in Flint, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Police raided a rental home on Maryland Street last night, the paper says, and were still there this morning. It's just two blocks from where the first of 20 stabbing victims in the Flint case was found on May 24.
Abuelazam was arrested last night as a "person of interest" in 20 stabbings, five of them fatal, across three states, one of them Virginia. The Washington Post reports that Abuelazam was in the Washington area between 1998 and 2007 and owned a house in Leesburg, a Virginia suburb.
It says it tracked down Abuelazam's sister, who still lives in Leesburg, and his ex-wife, who's now in Texas. Both declined to comment.
But Abuelazam's former mother-in-law, Kimberly Hirth, says her daughter divorced Abuelazam after three years of marriage in 2007.
"He was just the sweetest guy," Hirth says.