French police arrest fourth suspect in Creteil rape and robbery

Police arrested two suspects in the break-in shortly after the incident and a third accomplice whose role has not yet been determined.

By JTA
December 27, 2014 06:48
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Police officers in France. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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French police arrested a man they suspect was involved in the rape and robbery of a Jewish family in a Paris suburb.

The suspect, who was not named, was apprehended Tuesday during a routine police inspection of his vehicle while he was driving in Saint-Etienne near Lyon, 340 miles southeast of the capital, Le Figaro reported. The report was based on police sources who spoke under condition of anonymity.

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The man is believed to have participated in a break-in on Dec. 1 at the home of a Jewish family in Creteil along with two other individuals. The three are said to have targeted the home because they knew it belonged to Jews they thought were wealthy. A fourth suspect is in custody for his alleged involvement.

One of the men raped a 19-year-old woman they found in the house while another guarded her 21-year-old boyfriend and a third withdrew money from an ATM using credit cards they took from the couple, police investigators said.

The incident sparked outrage in France’s Jewish community and came amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks. The SPCJ watchdog on anti-Semitism recorded 527 attacks in France from Jan. 1 to July 31 of this year. In all of last year, SPCJ documented 423 incidents.

Police arrested two suspects in the break-in shortly after the incident and a third accomplice whose role has not yet been determined. The two suspects arrested earlier this month are awaiting trial for religiously-motivated assault, rape, conspiracy to commit a crime, extortion and several other charges.

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