Police are warning black men in Genesee County to be on alert. A serial killer might be on the hunt for you.
Investigators are looking into whether the same person is responsible for up to 15 recent stabbings. Many victims suffered serious or critical injuries. Five of them died. All of them were African-American males.
The most recent happened on Monday, Aug. 2 in the 2100 block of South Saginaw Street in Flint. Someone stabbed 49-year-old Arnold Miller to death in Flint.
This comes just days after the July 30 murder of 60-year-old Frank Kellybrew in Flint Township. Someone found his body in front of Italia Gardens Restaurant on Miller Road.
This is a serial killer, says Priscilla VanSickle. He TMs crazy and he needs to be locked up.
VanSickle was not shocked at all when she learned someone might be attacking random black men. Her nephew is one of the victims police believe this suspected serial killer attacked. Antoine Jackson was in critical condition after suffering at least four stab wounds to his back and head last month.
He TMs still in the hospital, she says. He TMs not doing good at all.
VanSickle says she couldn TMt think of a single reason why someone would stab the 27 year-old and leave him to die.
Burton Police Det. Tom Bade says police can TMt find a good reason, either. It appears someone stabbed her nephew as he tried to walk to a bus stop near another aunt TMs home early Monday morning, July 12. He had just spent his Sunday at church and then with family.
VanSickle says Jackson told her his attacker was a muscular middle-aged white man who stopped and asked for help.
First off he said, ~Can you help me with a car? TM said VanSickle. And then he said they just started stabbing him and stabbing him and stabbing him.
It TMs a story police in Flint, Flint Township and Genesee Township say sounds all too familiar.
They describe the suspected serial killer as an adult white male, approximately 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-2, with a heavy or muscular build.
He is targeting smaller, older or otherwise vulnerable adult males of African-American descent as they walk by themselves at night.
The suspect sometimes just starts stabbing, but often pretends to be in need of help in order to get the victim to approach. He then stabs them repeatedly before fleeing the scene.
Police are working with a forensic psychologist, looking into whether these stabbings are racially motivated hate crimes.
In the meantime, they say the community needs to be aware of the danger and report suspicious activity.
We're asking the citizens to be aware, and if they TMre out at night to not walk by themselves, says Flint Police Lt. Tim Johnson.
Jackson TMs aunt said folks need to take these warnings seriously. She doesn TMt want any other family to have to go through what her family is enduring.
You can be innocent and this guy is just down right stabbing you, she said. He doesn't even know who you are.