Police officers old city cool 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police announced on Monday the arrest of a 20-year-old Jerusalem man who is
suspected of raping a 12-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome in a stairwell
downtown, and attempting to rape another girl a week later in the Gilo
Nisim Zada, 20, was arrested last Wednesday, and on Tuesday
the court extended his detention.
According to police, around two weeks
ago at about 7 a.m., he saw the 12-year-old girl waiting outside a synagogue
downtown, where her father had entered to pray. Zada then dragged her into a
building in one of the alleys between Rehov Hillel and Rehov Shammai and raped
her, police said.
Two cleaners happened on Zada and the victim in the
middle of the incident, so he dragged her into the Aroma café on Rehov Hillel
Aroma employees called the police when they saw Zada forcefully
dragging the victim into the bathroom. They knocked on the door and yelled at
him to let her go, and he fled the scene.
About a week later, police were
called to Gilo following reports of a 20-year-old man trying to rape a young
girl on Rehov Arye ben Eliezer. The girl managed to escape before the rape took
place, and police arrested the man. They later identified him as the attacker
from the rape a few days earlier, using security video from the coffee
Zada’s mother told the Hebrew media that her son had been
imprisoned before, adding that she had pleaded with the Prisons Service to put
him in some kind of framework or hospitalize him, but that she was unsuccessful.