A 37-year-old man from central Israel was arrested on Monday night on suspicion
of kidnapping and attempting to sodomize an eight-year-old girl from a town in
the Sharon district of central Israel.
The girl was playing with a friend
when the suspect pulled up in a car and offered the girls a ride to their
He then allegedly abducted one of them, while her friend ran home
and alerted her parents, who in turn alerted the girl’s parents.
believe the suspect, who was allegedly intoxicated and under the influence of
drugs, drove a few kilometers to a local cemetery near Hadera, where he may have
sodomized the girl in his vehicle.
The girl then managed to escape, and
was spotted by a driver as she walked around the cemetery. The driver contacted
Officers found the girl hiding in a bush. Her small dress was
found on the passenger’s seat of the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect was
A media gag order has been placed on details of the
The suspect’s custody was extended by seven days at the Hadera
Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning.
The suspect, who is refusing to
speak to police, is scheduled to undergo a psychiatric examination. He was
previously suspected of carrying out an indecent act against a minor, but the
case against him was closed.
An ex-police officer who lives in the same
town in which the incident occurred told The Jerusalem Post
, “My nine-year-old
daughter is now petrified to go outside. We’re all taking about the fact
that there will be a change here for a while. The kids won’t go out by
The ex-officer added that police maintained an
inadequate police presence in the area.
“There are no patrols, and there
is lots of crime here. Every few days there are break-ins and car
On Sunday alone there were three break-ins,” he said.
Residents of the
town said the man had acted suspiciously in the past. He had been placed
psychiatric hospital in recent years.