Police believe a rape suspect who launched a vicious assault
on a young couple
in Tel Aviv is from the Arab community, senior law enforcement sources said
The knife-wielding suspect assaulted an 18-year-old man and his
17-year-old girlfriend at the Gan HaIr parking lot near the Tel Aviv
Municipality, forcing them to carry out sexual acts with one another, before
raping the woman in a bathroom stall early on Saturday.
The decision to
focus the search on an Arab suspect is based on the eyewitness testimonies of
the couple, who described their attacker as having a Middle Eastern appearance
and speaking with an Arabic accent, police sources said Sunday.
sources dismissed media reports that said police feared the suspect may have
been a Palestinian in Israel illegally who fled to the West Bank, saying the
reports were little more than baseless speculation.
Detectives from the
Yarkon police subdistrict recovered DNA evidence and sent it to a lab for
processing, while also sifting through CCTV footage from the area.
man and his girlfriend arrived at the parking lot to collect their car, when a
suspect armed with a knife suddenly arrived and began striking the
Threatening to assault them again, the suspect forced the couple
into a bathroom, and ordered them to have sexual relations with one another,
police said. He then raped the girl, before fleeing the scene.
her boyfriend will never forget his face,” the girl’s mother told Channel 10.