The Jerusalem District Attorney on Monday charged a 60- year-old homeless man
with murdering an elderly Jerusalem woman.
The indictment was served in
the Jerusalem District Court and alleges that Michael Aronson, a Russian citizen
who came to Israel late last year, murdered 80-yearold Lena Dolgopolsky in her
Gilo apartment in February.
Aronson is also charged with attacking two
other women, including his elderly mother, and threatening to kill an
11-year-old boy, the son of an acquaintance.
Although the district
attorney released the indictments, some details of the alleged murder remain
under a gag order.
When Aronson first came to Israel, he lived with his
94- year-old mother in her Jerusalem apartment, the indictment says, but later
moved into Dolgopolsky’s home and began to sell fish and children’s clothes on
the streets of the city.
However, Aronson did not compensate Dolgopolsky
for rent or any other expenses and in January, the pensioner asked him to move
out – but he refused, the indictment says.
According to the indictment,
on the eve of February 9, Aronson and Dolgopolsky paid an uninvited visit to the
apartment of a mutual acquaintance, 33-year-old Viktoria Raya
Tsinkhovskaya. During that visit, Aronson asked Tsinkhovskaya to pay him
for some fish he had brought her. When she refused he punched her in the face,
cursed her and beat her with a wooden stick until she fell to the ground, as her
small daughter looked on in fear.
When Tsinkhovskaya threatened to call
the police, Aronson took her cellphone, the indictment says, but gave it back
when Dolgopolsky intervened.
Soon afterwards, Aronson and Dolgopolsky
left Tsinkhovskaya’s apartment and he went to the apartment of a woman
identified only as R.N., and her 11- year-old son, D.
told D. that he was a police officer and that his mother R.N. was “worse
than Hitler” and “a danger to the Jewish people.” He then told the child
to accompany him to the community center where his mother was working, and
threatened that if R.N. did not pay the sum of NIS 100 she owed to him, he would
murder them both.
Before the pair reached the community center, however,
a police officer saw them and realized that D. was frightened and that something
was wrong, the indictment says.
The officer asked Aronson to stop, but
Aronson grabbed D. and ran away. D. managed to escape, and returned to
his mother in tears, the indictment alleges.
At around 8 p.m. that
evening, Aronson returned to Dolgopolsky’s apartment and decided to kill her,
the indictment alleges. He hit the elderly woman several times on the head and
blocked her airway, causing her death.
Aronson then hid Dolgopolsky’s
body in a room in the apartment, the indictment continues. The next day, he
tried to visit his mother, but ran away when she called the police.
days later, Aronson allegedly bought around 30 bags of salt from various stores
in Hillel Street in Jerusalem, covered Dologopolsky’s body with a blanket and
then poured the salt over it, to prevent the corpse from emitting an odor and
giving away the crime, the indictment says.
Aronson also is alleged to
have covered the body with clothes, books and various other items in an attempt
to conceal it, before going to sleep in Dolgopolsky’s bedroom.
February 16, the police visited the apartment block after receiving a call from
Dolgopolsky’s son. Although Aronson locked the apartment door and refused to let
them in, a police officer managed to enter via the balcony. The officer
noticed bloodstains in the apartment and found Dolgopolsky’s body, the
Aronson is also charged with attacking his nonagenarian
mother, Riva Aronson, just days before Dolgopolsky’s death.
5, Aronson allegedly entered his mother’s apartment and told her, “Get out, I’m
the landlord,” then cursed her and threatened to kill her.
attorney filed a request that Aronson be remanded in custody for the duration of
the legal proceedings against him.