Dror and Omer Alperon in court 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Dror Alperon, son of murdered crime boss Yaakov Alperon, was arrested Wednesday
morning along with two other men on suspicion of being involved in a double
murder that took place in Petah Tikva in June.
On Wednesday afternoon,
the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court extended by six days the remand of Alperon and
his cousins, brothers Eli and Reuben Partush.
In the incident in June, a
gunman stepped off a motorcycle and gunned down Eli Orkabi, 35, and Eran
Fartush, 42, in broad daylight on a quiet residential street next to a high
school and a kindergarten.
While Orkabi had a criminal record and served
three years for manslaughter in the 2000 killing of a man on the Hilton
Promenade in Tel Aviv, Fartush had no criminal record. It is believed that he
was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Alperon and the Partush
brothers were arrested just a few days after Chaya Alperon, the brothers’
mother, was herself arrested
in connection with the killings.
suspect that Orkabi was targeted to avenge a beating that Reuben Partush had
suffered at the hands of Eli Reuben, an Orkabi associate.
several accomplices, Reuben, who reportedly ran a “gray market” bank in Petah
Tivka, badly beat Partush over an unpaid debt.
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Soon after, he was shot
and wounded by unknown assailants.
According to police, the killing of
Orkabi had been planned as a further attempt to avenge the beating.
apartment building where the double murder took place is well known to Central
District police. Several of the units were purchased by mobsters, including
Orkabi, crime family head Avi Ruhan and his associate, Chico Ben-Adeh.
Wednesday, Ben-Adeh was arrested on weapons charges along with two other
associates from the Ruhan crime family. The arrests came after Petah Tikva
police caught a local teen trying to remove a firearm from the yard outside a
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