A man claiming to be a recent immigrant from Germany stabbed a Tel Aviv woman to death and set her apartment on fire following a botched robbery, police said Wednesday.
The suspect in the killing, a homeless man who goes by the name David Shwartz, was brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s court on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Rachel Giano, 62, was found with stab wounds across her upper body, lying in a puddle of blood in her torched north Tel Aviv apartment.
The court extended Shwartz’s remand by nine days and ordered him to be sent for a psychiatric examination. When Shwartz arrived at the courthouse, relatives of Giano screamed “you ruined our lives” and tried to attack him, with one managing to push Shwartz before police were able to hurry him into the courthouse.
The picture painted of Shwartz by Tel Aviv police is of a mysterious, 27-year-old homeless man who immigrated to Israel from Germany a year ago, claiming to be half-Jewish. Since his arrival in Israel, police say he has lived on the streets of Tel Aviv working odd jobs painting stairwells or doing gardening work.