Toledo Police have released 9-1-1 calls placed Saturday by two area residents flagged down by a church custodian after he was stabbed by a man authorities believe to be a serial killer.
Anthony Leno, 59, was stabbed outside the Old West End Church, 2108 Collingwood Blvd., Saturday evening.
Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre says clues from the assault have led detectives to the conclusion that Leno's assailant is the same man who fatally stabbed five people in Flint, Michigan. "The description of the suspect, the description of the vehicle and the modus operandi would lead us to believe that the incident in Toledo was perpetrated by the same suspect," Chief Navarre said.
When asked what his assailant looked like, Leno told authorities the man who stabbed him looked of Arab-decent.
The suspect wanted in connection with at least a dozen other stabbings, five of them fatal, in Flint, Michigan and Leesburg, Virginia, is said to be a Caucasian or Middle Eastern male.
Police in Leesburg, Virginia, where the suspect is credited with three attacks, released surveillance camera footage of the suspect driving his Dark Green Chevy Blazer in a mall parking lot moments before he attacked one of his victims. Police say that the man's practice has been to approach people asking them for directions and then assaulting them. Also of concern to authorities is that all but one of the victims has been a black male.
The suspect remains at large and is considered to be extremely dangerous. Police ask that if you see the suspect or his vehicle to please call 9-1-1 immediately.
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