2 arrested after Facebook communication leads to violence

July 21, 2011 12:18
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Two people were under arrest on Thursday following a violent confrontation between a mother, her friend, and a third man suspected of communicating in an inappropriate manner with the mother's daughter on Facebook.

The incident began earlier this week, a Tel Aviv police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post, when the woman became suspicious over the nature of communications between her 10-year-old daughter and the father of a second girl who is acquainted with the daughter.  "She noticed things which, even if not explicitly sexual, could be interpreted as suggestive of inappropriate content," the spokesman said.

The mother communicated with the man on Facebook pretending to be her daughter, before identifying herself and demanding a meeting with the man at a public park in Holon on Wednesday. She arrived at the park with a male friend, and confronted the father, who allegedly pushed her and attempted to assault her. At this stage, police said, the mother's friend launched a fierce assault on the father "which was completely disproportionate to the situation, and went far beyond defending the mother."  The man allegedly struck the father on the head repeatedly, causing serious injuries.

The father was hospitalized on Wednesday, and remained in hospital on Thursday.  Both men were arrested.

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