Accused Serial Killer’s Virginia Connection May Have Led to His Arrest
The man accused of fatally stabbing five men and wounding 15 more in three states, lived and worked in Leesburg in the mid-2000’s, and as Charles Fishburne reports, it was his Virginia connection that led to his arrest.
Abu El Azam had a rap sheet in Loudoun County and was scheduled to appear in court there next week on a family-related misdemeanor assault charge, when police picked him up for disobeying a stop sign at 1:15 in the morning in Arlington, August 5th, only 30 miles from Leesburg.
Price: While we're still very early in this investigation....
Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price.
Price: I'm confident in saying we can place Abu El Azam in the Northern Virginia area during the time of our attacks.
Reportedly, police saw a hammer and a knife in the SUV, but they did not connect him at that time with the serial killings. They noted his court date and released him on his own recognizance.
Five hours later, police believe he stabbed and wounded a man in Leesburg, and the SUV and Abu El Azam became the focus of a lookout; electronic records revealed he had booked a Delta flight from Atlanta to Tel Aviv, and that’s where he was apprehended.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News