Police officer describes arrest of Tel Aviv terror attack suspect

"We went up the stairs very slowly. We saw blood stains on the first floor and we continued to go up, until we saw the suspect lying on his back," officer tells reporters.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 10, 2014 14:43
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Terror attack in Tel Aviv

Policemen after capturing the terrorist in Tel Aviv . (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI)

The special patrol officer from the Police Yasam unit who was among those who apprehended the Palestinian suspected of stabbing and critically wounding an IDF solider in Tel Aviv on Monday described the arrest in comments to the media.

Officer Yaakov Shamir said that, "We received a report about a soldier being stabbed and the suspect fled to Levanda Street," he said.

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"Together with a Border Police team we arrived at the street and bystanders showed us the building - Levanda 18 - to which the suspect fled," Shamir explained.

"We went up the stairs very slowly. We saw blood stains on the first floor and we continued to go up, until we saw the suspect lying on his back," he added.

"We checked the suspect, He did not resist. We did an initial search. He didn't say anything," Shamir said of the 18-year-old suspect, a Palestinian from Nablus in the West Bank who was in Israel illegally.

Police said that the suspect was lightly hurt while fleeing the scene of the attack.

Tel Aviv District Police chief Bentsi Seo said that the suspect had tried to take the soldier's weapon after stabbing him.

He said that they would continue the investigation together with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and search for additional suspects.

"I call on the public to be alert and to report any suspicious packages. Especially at this sensitive time that both citizens and police find ourselves in," he said.



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