Residents Relieved At Stabbing Suspect's Arrest 8-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Residents Relieved At Stabbing Suspect's Arrest 8-13-2010

The arrest in the Flint serial killer case has many folks in the community breathing a sigh of relief, especially to businesses open 24 hours a day.
It's been a tough summer for David Todorovsky and the Atlas Restaurant he owns in Flint.
The economy hasn't turned around fast enough to bring in new customers, a smoking ban drove some customers away and the summer heat also kept folks from coming in. But the worst blow came when the Flint serial killer kept customers from enjoying his delicious Coney dogs.
But after the arrest of Elias Abuelazam on Wednesday night, business has rebounded. "People feel different, people [felt] free last night," said Todorovsky.
Customers TV5 talked with were glad to hear a person wanted in connection to the killings of five men in Flint is now off the streets. "Oh yeah, we talked about it at work," said Terry Donnelly.
"I just hope it's the right guy," said Grand Blanc Township's Kathy Devereaux. "Atlanta's a little far from here."
One student TV5 spoke with who is preparing to go back to school at U of M-Flint is particularly glad an arrest has been made.
"That was my biggest concern this year, driving to school, having to [go to] night classes," said another Grand Blanc Township resident Carl Saico. "Having to go out with friends and stuff, and always having to look over your shoulder to see if somebody's behind you."
The arrest had quite an impact on one employee at Atlas Restaurant. Vicky Zapata lives very close to where the suspect lived in Flint.
"It was scary, to know that that's in my neighborhood," said Zapata of the serial stabbings suspect.
While the fear factor has subsided somewhat with an arrest in the case, others are still a little concerned. "Don't let your guard down, because there could be somebody who's also looking and watching, who could also be a copycat and do the same things," said Alberta Richmond, from Flint.
Meanwhile, David Todorovsky hopes the arrest will bring an end to the overnight terror in the community and a boost in business. "It's gone, things are gonna be different, come on in," said Todorovsky.
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