Indictments were filed on Thursday in the
Central District Court charging two Baka al-Gharbiya residents with the
murder of a shop owner during an armed robbery in Hod Hasharon.
Akawai, 20, and Alaa Abu Moch, 21, are alleged to have targeted jewelry
stores in central Israel in a series of armed robberies in August.
are accused of deliberately shooting and murdering 42-year-old Yehuda
Weizelberg, who gave chase to the two after they robbed his Hod Hasharon
to the indictment, Weizelberg chased after the two robbers and managed
to capture Akawai. However, Akawai struggled free and allegedly shot
Weizelberg in the chest at close range before fleeing on a motorcycle
driven by Abu-Moch.
a separate indictment filed on Thursday in the Haifa District
court, Akawai is also charged with a second, unrelated murder in Baka
al-Gharbiya in July.