State indicts J'lem man for alleged rape of tourist
Suspect also charged with impersonating another, disrupting police with intent to obstruct them from performing their duties.
Arrest [illustrative]. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
The capital’s district attorney on Tuesday filed an indictment with the
Jerusalem District Court against Jerusalemite Baruch Segar for allegedly raping
an American tourist.
The court has issued a gag order on the 25-year-old
American tourist’s identity, referred to only as “B.B.” in the
Segar, 50, is also charged with impersonating another and
disrupting police with intent to obstruct them from performing their
On the evening of December 23, B.B. was touring downtown
Jerusalem, where she swallowed a number of prescription pills and drank half a
bottle of vodka.
Around midnight, Segar met B.B. for the first time at
Café Hillel on Heleni Hamalka Street, said the indictment.
said that at the time, due to the pills and the vodka, B.B. was intoxicated, not
entirely self-aware and was incapable of walking on her own.
supported B.B. so she would not fall, and the indictment noted that he gave her
a cup of water and sat her down at the café.
Next, Segar led B.B. back to
his apartment, a thirty-minute walk, the indictment alleged.
the indictment, he brought B.B. to his bedroom where he raped her, despite the
fact that she was still intoxicated and not cognizant enough to consent to any
Midway through being raped, the indictment noted that she
became aware of what was happening and tried to stop Segar, but he continued and
just told her “only one more moment.”
According to the indictment, B.B.
later showered and eventually left Segar’s apartment and asked for help from
people in the area.
Based on their advice, she called Segar using a piece
of paper he had given her with his contact information, and he came out to see
her, said the indictment.
At the same time, B.B. called the police
to arrest Segar when he came out, the indictment said.
alleged that when the police arrived, Segar gave the false name and identity of
Yaakov Messina to the police to try to obstruct them from investigating him and
properly charging him.
B.B. also complained that she suffered internal
physical injuries from the alleged rape and that she required subsequent medical
The state has requested to remand Segar to custody until the
end of the proceedings.