Soccer bigwig named as suspect who ran over police officer, fled scene nude

Tel Aviv court extends remand of Ofer Tzabari until Sunday as reasonable evidence of suspicion reportedly found.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 28, 2014 12:31
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Ofer Tzabari

Arrest of Ofer Tzabari. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court extended the remand until Sunday of Hapoel Petah Tikva soccer team manager Ofer Tzabari, whose name was released as the suspect who ran over a police officer in Bat Yam and fled the scene Thursday.

During a hearing on Friday, the president judge said police had collected evidence that provides a reasonable suspicion that the offense are attributable to the 54-year-old, therefore his time in custody was extended.

Initial allegations of a sexual offense were apparently waived on Friday, Channel 2 reported. 

On Thursday night, Tzabari was arrested following a two-hour manhunt across the Ayalon subdistrict, police said.

The man was found driving in an area of sand dunes near the beach outside Rishon Lezion and taken into custody.

Police said the incident began when a traffic police patrol saw a car parked near the Komemiyut junction that seemed suspicious. When they approached the vehicle and asked the driver – who was nude – to identify himself, a 17-year-old fled from the car and the driver took off, they said.

Pursued by police, the driver, a 54-year-old from Petah Tikva, made his way to the Komemiyut junction where he ran down the officer and continued toward Rishon Lezion.

Officers opened fire on the vehicle but it managed to flee.

Police initially said they didn’t know why the minor was in the vehicle or what had taken place there. They did say, however, that the teen and man had already known each other and that the minor was being questioned to determine what happened.

Ben Hartman contributed to this report.


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