BORDER POLICE Lod 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Police in Lod are hunting for two men who robbed a local woman while holding her infant at knifepoint Tuesday morning.
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The two suspects reportedly showed up at the woman’s apartment on King David Street disguised as flower delivery men, complete with a bouquet of flowers. When the woman opened the door, the two men burst in and held her infant hostage with a blade to its neck until she handed over a large amount of cash and jewelry she kept in the house.
The men immediately fled the scene, and the woman called police, who began combing the area for the suspects.
The crime-riddled city 15 km. south of Tel Aviv has been in the national
spotlight for the past week, following back-to-back murders in the city
in the space of 30 hours last week. In the wake of media attention and
threats by Lod’s mayor to shut down the city, Public Security Minister
Yitzhak Aharonovitch deployed a company of Border Police officers there,
as well as undercover police, in a large-scale, open-ended campaign
supported by the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
has stated that the focus of the campaign will be ridding the Arab
community of illegal firearms, which he said were a main reason for the
rise of the murder rate in the Arab sector.