Instant Updates: Search For Serial Killer 8-10-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Instant Updates: Search For Serial Killer 8-10-2010

As details emerge in the search for an alleged Flint-area serial killer, count on WNEM TV5 for compete coverage.
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Updated 6:41 p.m. Wednesday The task force says it has received 469 tips as of late Wednesday afternoon.

Updated 6:30 p.m. Wednesday AP: The task force searching for a serial killer linked to a string of 20 stabbings that include five deaths is putting together a list of potential suspects.

Updated 4:30 p.m. Wednesday The latest stabbing victim told a Detroit station that he thinks his attack may have been captured by hospital surveillance cameras in Flint.

Updated 3:50 p.m. Wednesday TV5 spoke with a criminal profiler Stephen Thompson, this is what he says: "This guy is a revenge guy. When the majority of his targets are African-American, that is called symbolic victimization. [Its] gotta be something there that is driving him."

Updated 2:59 p.m. Wednesday Ohio television station is reporting America's Most Wanted will be doing an episode on the stabber.

Updated 2:13 p.m. Wednesday Flint stabber's at the top of the list at America's Most Wanted web site: America's Most Wanted

Updated 12:30 p.m. Wednesday TV5 has a list of where the stabbings occurred -- check it out by clicking here.

Updated 12:19 p.m. Wednesday One victim’s family said Arnold Minor, who was stabbed Aug. 2, called collect while he was dying to ask for help. Arnold Minor was 49 and a student at ITT Tech.

Updated 11:55 a.m. Wednesday TV5’s Julie Banovic reports Taylor was walking home from the hospital and passed someone on the sidewalk when he felt a sharp pain and he thought he was shot. Turns out he was stabbed in the side and then in the face. Now he’s in Ann Arbor U of M Hospital in critical condition.

Updated 11:28 a.m. Wednesday Authorities now think there was a 17th victim. Herman Taylor. His family (sister, niece) randomly showed up at the 11 am news conference held by investigators. Taylor crawled to a hospital to seek treatment on Saturday after being stabbed in the face. He is alive, but in critical condition. He lost an eye in the stabbing.

Updated 10:37 a.m. Wednesday WNEM TV5’s Brian Wood, Adrienne Broaddus and Julie Banovic are all covering the serial killer story today. They are working the phones and e-mails trying to uncover new angles for our viewing audience.

Updated 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton tells a Detroit radio station that 469 tips have been submitted to the police task force. Forty investigators from various jurisdictions took part in a closed-door meeting just moments ago.

Updated 9:38 a.m. Wednesday WNEM TV5’s Craig McMorris is going to do a story on the Facebook page that someone created under the name "The Flint Stabber." At the time of this post that page had 269 fans. His story will air tonight on WNEM TV5 News beginning at 5 p.m.

Updated 9:05 a.m. Wednesday Reminder: Anyone with information regarding the stabbing investigation is asked to call the tip line at 1-866-246-9500.

Updated 8:31 a.m. Wednesday WNEM TV5 assignment desk is beginning to assign reporters to the serial killer story. More to come.

Updated 7:57 a.m. Wednesday Police report that the youngest Flint victim was 17. The oldest was 60.

Updated 7:21 a.m. Wednesday Experts say authorities are racing against the clock to prevent further attacks.

Updated 9:13 p.m. Tuesday Authorities have released no new information as of 9 p.m. Check back Wednesday as new information on the attacker surfaces, we'll have the latest on TV5 News throughout the day and on

Updated 6:33 p.m. Tuesday Investigators say they've got people working this case 24/7. One task force member told TV5's Julie Banovic he's confident they'll catch their man and cited a 99 percent success rate when task forces are involved in catching attackers like this one.

Updated 5:03 p.m. Tuesday Authorities said they don't know if the stabber is from Flint, or why he started his killing spree in that town.

Updated 4:10 p.m. Tuesday TV5 confirms the FBI is assisting the Flint Task Force to help track down the serial stabber.

Updated 4:01 p.m. Tuesday Police have dropped the "late 20's" line from the description, now saying "early 30's."

Updated 3:22 p.m. Tuesday Someone gave the serial stabber his own Facebook page . . . check it out here.

Updated 2:23 p.m. Tuesday TV5 Team Coverage: Reporter Julie Banovic will have a live report at 4 p.m. on the 3 p.m. news conference, plus Brian Wood spoke with a deceased victim’s mother.

Updated 2:04 p.m. Tuesday TV5’s Liz Gelardi says people who think they’ve talked with the serial stabber say he will strike up very strange conversations with them. He also doesn’t like dogs. One witness said the man ran away mid-sentence.

Updated 1:52 p.m. Tuesday WTOL in Toledo, OH, is reporting that the single stabbing victim there is in critical condition.

Updated 1:36 p.m. Tuesday Homeless shelters report seeing no increase in people seeking shelter and residents there are taking more precautions, walking in pairs, etc.

Updated 1:23 p.m. Tuesday Investigators are working closely with law enforcement in Leesburg, Virginia, and Toledo, Ohio, to develop additional leads and investigative information regarding similar type of assaults occurring in their jurisdictions.

Updated 1:04 p.m. Tuesday Leesburg Police say one of their victims the serial killer stabbed was a 15-year-old boy.

Updated 12:35 p.m. Tuesday TV5's Liz Gelardi is about interview a woman who thinks she saw the serial stabber.

Updated 12:10 p.m. Tuesday Authorities have 14 investigators assigned to the serial stabbing case, with one specifically working with agencies from Ohio and Virginia.

Updated 12:01 p.m. Tuesday Police task force says have received more than 300 tips since the tip line went active.

Updated 11:48 a.m. Tuesday Police task force says they will be issuing press release updates at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

Updated 11:40 a.m. Tuesday Police task force ended meeting about 10:30 a.m. without comment.

Updated 11:10 a.m. Tuesday Genesee County attacks: 11 in Flint, 3 in Burton, 1 Flint Twp. 1 Genesee Twp.

Updated 10:59 a.m. Tuesday Police officers combing through tips, as they continue to search for a serial stabber that's now linked to three states.

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