Two days after he allegedly stabbed his exgirlfriend to death in Tel Mond, Avner
Barak was found hiding in an abandoned building in Ashkelon, Sharon subdistrict
police said on Thursday.
A day earlier police had released the
49-year-old’s physical description to the press, asking for the public’s help in
finding him. The move was slightly unusual in that typically they refrain from
officially releasing details of suspects before they are arrested. At the time,
a nationwide manhunt was already underway for Barak, but no trace had yet been
found of him.
During the manhunt, one of victim Nava Chen’s daughters posted a
non-pixilated photo of Barak to Facebook with the caption, “This is the man who
murdered my mom in cold blood!! They still haven’t found him....please,
if anyone hears or sees [him] call the police!” On Thursday morning, police
finally managed to arrest him, after a car he had fled from on Tuesday was
spotted outside an abandoned building on Saadya Hagaon Street in
Police said Barak is cooperating with investigators, and that
on Friday he will be brought for a remand extension at the Petah Tikva
On Tuesday police confirmed that in October, Chen
complained to police on two separate occasions, and although they followed up
the complaints, Barak continued to harass her.
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