Michigan officials say Elias Abuelazam has been charged with assault with intent to murder in the July 27 stabbing in Flint. That's a life-in prison charge, and further charges are pending.
Authorities say he could be returned to Michigan as early as Friday, assuming he waives extradition.
Abuelazam, 33, is a legal resident of the United States from Tel Aviv, Israel, with residences in Bradenton, Fla., and Michigan. Here's how his arrest went down, officials say:
Surviving victims were able to give Flint police and a Michigan State Police task force a physical description of the man, who wore a white T shirt with a New Amsterdam gym logo. Police determined that Abuelazam had been given a shirt like that previously.
The survivors also described the stabber as driving a green-over gold Chevrolet Blazer. Abuelazam owned such a vehicle, police learned, when he was arrested for a traffic violation in Leesburg, Va., on Aug. 5 driving a 1996 green and gold Blazer. He was held overnight on a prior warrant for an alleged assault in Michigan.
On Aug. 11, a tipster called police in Flint directing to the Kingswater Market in Beecher, just north of Flint, where security surveillance tape showed a clerk matching the assailant's description.
Investigators learned that Abuelazam was in Louisville, Ky., earlier this week, where they coordinated with officials of the Transportation Security Administration to discover that he had a ticket from Atlanta to Tel Aviv. He was arrested at the Atlanta airport without incident.
Authorities say Abuelazam worked at the Kingswater Market until Aug. 1; previously, he worked as a mental health technician at a residential psychiatric health center while he was living in Virginia.