Police arrested a man from the village of Kfar Qassam on Tuesday on suspicion of violently robbing an elderly woman in Petah Tikva earlier this year.
The woman in her 80s, was walking down a street last February, when a man suddenly appeared, and forcefully grabbed her neck. He ripped off her necklace, and fled the scene. The woman suffered multiple injuries following the incident and required medical care.
Members of the public chased after the man but were unable to catch him. Police seized several video clips from cctv cameras in the area, but could not use them to track down the suspect.
An undercover investigation was then launched to ascertain the suspect's identity. On Monday, police said, a breakthrough occurred in the investigation, leading officers to the suspect. He was detained at his home and led to a Petah Tikva police station for questioning.
"At first, he denied the suspicions, but later, he confessed to
attacking the woman and stealing her necklace," a police spokesman said.