After a short manhunt, two Palestinians from the West Bank were arrested late
Wednesday night after they beat and car-jacked a cab driver in Petah Tikva hours
earlier, police said.
Around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, Sharon
subdistrict police reported that two Arab men had taken a cab from Lod to Petah
Tikva and when it arrived in the city they beat the cab driver, pulled him from
the vehicle and tore off for the West Bank. The driver, who was laying on the
road, was apparently run over by his own cab, and later hospitalized in moderate
Police from the Sharon subdistrict gave chase and alerted
Judea and Samaria District Police that they believed the suspects were
attempting to flee into the West Bank. Officers lost track of the men in the
area of Kfar Bruchin.
Two hours later, after the track had gone cold,
officers received a tip that the cab had been spotted on Highway 60 near Huwara
Police, backed up by the army, gave chase, and caught the men
while they tried to cross a nearby checkpoint.
The two men, both from
Nablus, were arrested and taken to Petah Tikva where they will undergo further
questioning, police said Thursday morning.
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