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Leesburg Serial Killer Arrested

(Watch the WUSA9 live stream of the news conference at 2:00 p.m above)

FLINT, Mi. (WDIV/WUSA) -- Leesburg authorities confirm a person of interest in the series of stabbings that has terrorized communities in three states has been taken into custody.

Genesee County authorities told a media outlet in Detroit they have a man in custody in connection with the serial stabbing case.

Genesee County authorities will be holding a press conference Thursday morning.

Police believe the suspect worked at a party store in Beecher, located north of Flint. Officers checked surveillance video from the store to confirm the suspect previously worked at that store.

Authorities had over 500 tips from the public regarding the serial killer. One of those tips lead officers to the suspect from Beecher. Authorities were able to obtain search warrants and track the suspect electronically through several states.

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Leesburg Stabbings May Have Possible Linkage to Serial Killer in Michigan

The Leesburg Police Department continues to investigate the two stabbing incidents that occurred last week in the 20 block of Catoctin Circle NE. Leesburg. The suspect, who was described as a tall, stocky, white male in his early 40’s and was last seen wearing a baseball cap and a light-colored shirt. He was driving a dark green Chevrolet Blazer or GMC Jimmy.

The Leesburg Police Department is currently investigating a possible linkage with a serial killer in Michigan. Police have announced that both states plan to address the possible connections in these cases this afternoon. There have been 3 attacks in Leesburg just this month and 13 attacks in the Flint, Michigan area since May. There is also speculation that the attacks may have been racially motivated because in nearly all of the cases the victims are black.

They have also announced a $5,000 reward for anyone providing information about the person who committed these crimes.

Investigation Continues with Dog Poisoning Case

In Leesburg, VA, Harley, an 8-year-old beagle mix suddenly got violently ill last Thursday. The canine was rushed to Leesburg Veterinary Hospital after vomiting all over the house and not being able to stand up. Harley started to have seizures on Friday, and was not showing any signs of recovery. The beagle mix was put down that day as suggested by the veterinarian.

Harley’s owner found a 12 X 12 aluminum pan in his backyard which had an unidentifable yellow liquid inside it. An investigation was opened by Leesburg Police and Loudoun County Animal Care and Control. From initial tests conducted by the vet clinic, it was determined that the substance was likely a mix of antifreeze and some type of meat product. The pan is also being tested for fingerprints.

Once someone is convicted they could face up to five years in prison because in Virginia poisoning a dog can lead to charges of a Class Six Felony.

Want to Adopt a Mistreated Cat or Dog This Weekend?

Volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation are working to help find new homes for mistreated animals in different locations from Falls Church to Leesburg.

The founder of Log Dog and Cat Rescue, Pam McAlwee, has placed over 15,000 animals with new families since the launch of the organization in 2001. These non-profit group travels by van and continues to host up to 5 pet adoptions every Friday and Saturday morning.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a staff of 8 full-time employees and relies on another 300 people in volunteer positions who help out at the weekend events by walking, feeding, and taking care of the rescued animals.

Come this weekend, Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the PETSMART in Seven Corners of Falls Church, VA for the dog and cat adoption. The address is 6100 Arlington Blvd.

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Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.