Police arrest Palestinian teen in Jerusalem armed with large knife

Police: Contrary to media reports, 18-year-old suspect apprehended without incident.

January 19, 2016 19:19

A section of the controversial security barrier beneath the refugee camp of Shuafat. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An 18-year-old male Palestinian from east Jerusalem’s Shuafat neighborhood was arrested by police late Monday for walking the streets of the Arab community armed with a seven-inch knife in his hand.

Despite media reports that the teen attempted to stab the officers with the blade and then flee the scene, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday that he was arrested without incident.

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“The resident was walking on one of the main streets in the Shuafat area with a large knife while undercover police officers were patrolling the area,” said Rosenfeld.

“The officers responded quickly by approaching the suspect to question him and ensure no attack could take place. They confiscated the knife, and placed him under arrest.”

“It remains unclear why he was armed, and an investigation has been opened.”

The suspect was subsequently arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.  

Meanwhile, Rosenfeld said police remain on heightened alert throughout the capital, with an emphasis on the Old City, public areas, and volatile Arab neighborhoods.

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