Landlord says airport stabbing suspect worked as caretaker

"We have information that Ftouhi attempted to buy a gun and was unsuccessful in that attempt in the United States", Gelios stated.

Amor Ftouhi, a Tunisian-Canadian, is alleged to have stabbed a MI police officer in the neck Wednesday in what appears to have been a terrorist attack in a Flint, Mich. airport. He told investigators he tried to buy a gun at a trade center in in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, but was denied because he was not a U.S. citizen, WJBK reported.

Ftouhi shouted "Allahu akbar" - the Arabic words for "God is great" - and plunged a 12-inch knife into the neck of the police officer, Lt. Jeff Neville, officials said.

It was around 9:40 Wednesday morning when investigators say Quebec native Ftouhi came out of a public bathroom at Flint's Bishop International Airport. Though the attack is believed to be religiously motivated due to Ftouhi's reported screaming of "Allah" during the stabbing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is deeming this a "lone wolf attack".

Hurley Medical Center doctors said Friday that Bishop International Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville could be released from the hospital within a couple days. He said Neville served in various capacities with the sheriff's office including in the jail, on road patrol and as a court officer. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison. "I said they need to get him a towel".

"I never had any problems with him", Piazza said.

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Thursday described Ftouhi as a "completely off-the-screen individual" and likened the airport stabbing to random terrorist attacks in Europe in recent months.

Officials on Wednesday evacuated the airport, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground.

Police check the identification of a man in front of an apartment building in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi lives. Ftouhi, having legally entered the USA, but not as an immigrant, was denied the legal purchase of a firearm.

Authorities believe he entered the state of MI on 18 June after they found and searched his vehicle, which was left in the airport auto park.

"He appeared to understand what I was reading and indicated to me that he understood what I was reading to him", Koelzer said.

The man, Amor M. Ftouhi, entered the United States from Canada last Friday, crossing over in his auto into upstate NY and making his way to MI on Sunday. More charges could be filed as prosecutors take the case to a grand jury, Gelios said.

  • Leroy Wright