A blood-stained shirt from the scene of east Jerusalem stabbing on August 11, 2016.
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Less than a week after stabbing a male Jewish teenager in the back and neck with a screwdriver in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, police announced on Wednesday that a Palestinian suspect living near the scene had been arrested.
Last Thursday afternoon, the unidentified 18-year-old victim said he was accosted from behind, without provocation, while walking in the Arab neighborhood. He was moderately wounded and rushed to Hadassah University Medical Center on Mount Scopus.
Following an intensive investigation, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the terrorist, identified as Achmad Ashair, 20, was arrested on Tuesday in A-Tur.
“After reviewing intelligence, undercover police units searched the area and arrested the suspect who carried out the attack and lives in A-Tur,” Rosenfeld said. “What we know is that he followed the Israeli man, whom he spotted while he was walking down the road, and waited for the opportunity to carry out the attack, which he admitted to intending to carry out.”
Ashair was arraigned at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where a judge ordered that he be remanded for eight days.
Rosenfeld added that standard security measures were being carried out throughout the capital, with an emphasis on the Old City and east Jerusalem.