Suspected criminal activity has left 4 people dead

A man was shot multiple times by an assailant riding a motorcycle in an apparent ambush while walking down a street in South of Tel Aviv.

January 17, 2018 03:00
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Police chat near a patrol car . (photo credit: MARK PROBST / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

In a flurry of violence across the country, twin sisters were found dead in their Ashkelon apartment, a man was arrested after confessing to killing his friend and dumping the corpse at the Hiriya recycling park, and another man was killed in an apparent mob hit in Holon.

On Tuesday morning, two 49-year-old sisters were found dead in their apartment in the coastal city of Ashkelon, police said.

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According to spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, police were contacted after the women did not arrive at work or answer their phones.

“When police units and Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the apartment they found the two women dead,” he said. “An investigation into their deaths has been opened, although one of the women appeared to sustain severe physical wounds.”

Rosenfeld said he could not confirm reports of a possible murder-suicide, although he noted that no criminal activity was suspected.

“An autopsy is being performed, and the investigation into what took place is continuing,” he said.

On Monday night, police said a man was shot multiple times by an assailant riding a motorcycle in an apparent ambush while walking down a street in Holon. He later died of his wounds at the city’s Wolfson Medical Center.

While details of the murder remain unclear, the victim, identified as reputed crime figure Yossi Shriki, was in his 30s.

A suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting, Rosenfeld said, although the spokesman would not confirm that it was mob related.

Ynet reported that the victim, who had a lengthy criminal record, was leaving his home at the time of the shooting, suggesting it was an ambush.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man was arrested last week for allegedly killing a friend and hiding the body at Hiriya recycling park on December 31, police said after a gag order on the case was lifted on Tuesday.

According to Rosenfeld, the suspect, identified as Ron Nahum of Ramat Gan, confessed to the murder during his arraignment at Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, where a judge extended his remand by seven days.

The victim has been identified as Artyom Vilov, 37, who worked as a butcher after emigrating from Belarus.

Police did not confirm reports that Nahum killed Vilov over a purported love triangle.

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