Master Chef contestant arrested on suspicion of murder

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September 1, 2011 19:37

Man who appeared on popular TV show nabbed in dramatic police raid on suspicion of bank robbery which ended in shooting death of guard.




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police arrest handcuffs suspect cops criminal 311 (R). (photo credit:Benoit Tessier / Reuters)

A man who recently appeared as a contestant on the Master Chef cooking contest TV program was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out an armed robbery of a bank which ended with the shooting death of a security guard.

The suspect, named as Guy Yaakov, was arrested during a dramatic armed police raid in Rishon Lezion on Wednesday, which was witnessed by several members of the public.

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On Augusty 15, Yaniv Engler, a bank security guard, tried to prevent a robbery suspect who covered his face with a motorcycle helmet from carrying out an armed robbery on a Bank Hapoalim branch in the town of Be'er Yaakov, near Ramle. Engler suffered multiple gun shot wounds and died shortly afterwards.


A few weeks before the shooting, the suspect appeared on the Master Chef program, where he announced, "I was a mischievous teenager, a troubled boy. I looked for mischief." Following the robbery, the gunman fled the scene on a motorbike, and escaped despite police checkpoints set up to prevent his escape and the mobilization of a police helicopter.

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