Yaakov Felician, the brother of the main suspect in the Bar Noar murder, was
arrested last week on suspicion of raping a female lawyer last week in central
Israel, police released for publication on Monday.
Felician, a known
associate of the Avi Ruhan crime family, was arrested last Friday by Petah Tikva
Police after the lawyer issued a complaint that he had raped her Thursday night
in a storehouse at the egg distribution factory where he works and
On Friday, Felician was brought before the Petah Tikva
Magistrate’s Court, where his remand was extended by eight days.
reportedly met the woman in mid- June, after a mutual acquaintance named Dudi
set up a meeting between the two. The lawyer was hoping to become part of the
defense team for one of the three suspects, and hoped Felician could help get
her on the case. They ended up meeting three times, the first time with Dudi and
the second time with Felician’s mother. On the third meeting, Felician allegedly
raped the woman on a mattress in the storehouse.
Police said on Friday
that they have seized video footage from the scene of the crime, as well as a
series of text messages exchanged between the lawyer and
Felician’s brother Hagai is the alleged gunman in the Bar Noar
shooting that left two dead and 11 wounded on August 1, 2009.
Felician is well known to police. In November 2011, unknown assailants shot at
him and Hagai as they were sitting in a public park in Pardess Katz, leaving
Yaakov moderately wounded and Hagai lightly hurt. The shooting remains unsolved.
In another family brush with tragedy, the Felician brothers’ brother-inlaw is
Ayal Salhov, a former underworld figure and police informant murdered in 2009 in
an unsolved case.