Itzhak Algabay 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy moshav Avihayil)
Four Palestinian men have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of
an Israeli man last October in the Sharon’s Moshav Avihayil, police cleared for
publication on Wednesday.
The victim, Itzhak Algabay, 61, was eating
dinner with his family on the night of October 21, 2012, when he went to grab a
loaf of bread from inside a small rental unit behind his house, Central District
Police said. When Algabay opened the door of the unit, he reportedly surprised
three of the defendants, who had broken into the unit moments earlier to steal
valuables and search for car keys so they could steal a car and drive it back
into the West Bank.
Algabay tried to stop the group from fleeing the
apartment, but was stabbed in the chest and bled out in his backyard, police
said. The three burglars then allegedly fled the scene and called their get-away
driver, who took them to the village of Baka al-Gharbiya.
police, they ate at a shwarma restaurant there and changed clothes before
slipping back into the West Bank.
The suspects – Akram Farjallah, 39,
Hadi Musa, 21, Amar Abu Dakar and Marwan Amar – are all from Tulkarm in the West
The only piece of forensic evidence at the scene of the crime was a
single bloody footprint, and the special investigative unit that police set up
was unable to make any headway in the case until June, when the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) arrested Amar on a security charge, and under questioning he
admitted to having taken part in Algabay’s murder.
Amar linked both
Farjallah and Musa to the crime, and last month, during an operation against
burglars in the Triangle city of Taiba, police raided a home searching for
stolen goods and found the two suspects hiding in the house. The fourth suspect,
Abu Dakar, was already in prison on a different property charge when he was
brought in for questioning on the case in June.
Central District Cmdr.
Bruno Stein made the case a top priority when he took the position earlier this
year, saying, “This is our high moral obligation, to bring these people to
justice and put them behind bars.”