Authorities investigating 20 attacks, 5 deaths in three states since May

FLINT, Mich. A man suspected in 20 stabbings across three states that left five people dead was arrested at the Atlanta airport as he tried to board a plane bound for Israel, authorities said.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency's officers arrested the man, an Israeli citizen, about 10 p.m. Wednesday night at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as he attempted to board a Delta flight for Tel Aviv. The suspect was handed over to the FBI and Atlanta police.

Passengers on the flight said as they arrived Thursday in Tel Aviv that the suspect was arrested at the boarding gate shortly before takeoff. They said his name was called over a loudspeaker, and then six police officers led him away without incident.

Customs spokesman Rafael Lemaitre said the man is wanted on arrest warrants in murder cases in Michigan and Leesburg, Va. The suspect is currently being held on unrelated charges.