A man kidnapped his two young children from their mother’s house in Bat Hefer in
the Sharon area on Wednesday, then drove them to north Tel Aviv and threw them
off an 11-story building before jumping to his death.
was reported at about 4 p.m. that day, when witnesses told police they saw two
children falling from a building on Eliyahu Berlin Street in Ramat Aviv, before
seeing a man jump after them.
Eli Gur, 52, was pronounced dead at the
scene, along with his two children, Yahav, five, and Eden, four.
stormed into his wife Ronit’s home in Bat Hefer on Wednesday afternoon, and
choked her until she collapsed, Sharon police subdistrict spokesman Eran Yehuda told The Jerusalem Post. Gur
then snatched the two children and took off, while Ronit recovered and called
Yehuda said police deployed a helicopter to help search for Gur,
and sent out an all-points bulletin for his car. They also tried in vain to
locate his cellphone.
Yehuda said that Sharon police commanders were at
Gur’s house when they received the news that the bodies had been found.
Forty-eight minutes passed between the time Gur snatched his kids from their
mother and threw them to their deaths in north Tel Aviv.
Gur had been
living with his brother at their mother’s house in Or Yehuda, a city near Tel
Aviv, after she died two months earlier.
The spokesman said there was a
restraining order against Gur, banning him from being at the Bat Hefer house or
near his wife.
He was also prohibited from watching the children without
the supervision of social workers.
Police secured the restraining order
after Gur supposedly threatened to kill his wife a little over a month
That threat followed an indictment against Gur last June, over an
incident in which he threatened to kill Ronit, then deflated her car tires and
cut up her credit cards and check book.
Tel Aviv Police said on Wednesday
that Gur had worked for a few months as an officer in the Dan subdistrict in
1995, but was released when he was deemed unfit for duty.
Adom spokesman Zaki Heller said on Wednesday that when paramedics arrived at
Eliyahu Berlin Street in Ramat Aviv, they found the kids lying on the pavement,
and it was clear that they had fallen from a significant height.
said by the time paramedics began treating them, they already were showing no
signs of life, and after attempting to perform CPR they had to pronounce them
Wednesday’s tragedy took place only two days after a single
mother from Ukraine allegedly stabbed to death her two children, aged seven and
five, in their Jerusalem home, before trying to take her own life.
in early September, a man from Daburiya near Nazareth went on a shooting rampage
in the village, killing his ex-wife, two of his daughters, and a local man
before taking his own life with a gunshot wound to the head.