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Suspect in serial stabbings faces charge in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A Michigan man suspected in a string of stabbings across three states has been charged with stabbing a church custodian in Toledo.

A grand jury in Toledo indicted Elias Abuelazam on Friday.

He's charged with felonious assault and attempted murder in the stabbing of Tony Leno who was standing outside a Toledo church in August when a man asked him for directions and then began stabbing him.

Leno survived the attack, and Abuelazam was arrested in Atlanta a few days later while trying to catch a flight to Israel, his native country.

He also faces one murder charge and five attempted murder charges in Michigan.

Five men were killed and nine injured in a series of stabbings in the Flint, Michigan, area. He's also suspected in four attacks in Virginia.

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