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(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
A 25-year-old man in Kiryat Yam went on a rampage on Monday afternoon, stabbing
his mother to death, before stabbing and wounding his girlfriend and two men
before he was cornered and arrested by police.
The man’s violent spree
began around 2:15 p.m., when Zvulun Station police got a call that there were
two women with stab wounds lying in an apartment in the city. As police and
paramedics were responding to that call, they received a call about another
stabbing on a street a couple kilometers away, and quickly realized that the two
attacks may be linked.
While investigators were at the scene, they
discovered that the son of the deceased stabbing victim was seen fleeing the
scene in his car.
Authorities launched a search for the man, who was
found soon after, spotted by a police helicopter as he was hiding in the tall
grass of a field next to a stream.
Shortly after the man was found, his
mother, 54-yearold Batya Ohana, died of her wounds. At press time, the man’s
girlfriend, 25, was still being treated at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa in
The other two victims were two middle-aged men, who
had the misfortune of getting in the man’s way while he fled the murder scene.
One of the two men, Avraham Zabtani, said he was rear-ended by the man and when
he got out of his car to ask him why he hit him, the suspect returned to his car
to retrieve a knife and then stabbed him. The man then stabbed and lightly
wounded a bystander at the scene.
Coastal District police said that as of
Monday night, the man had refused to say anything about the stabbings,
repeatedly telling detectives that he had no idea what they were talking
Police said the suspect has no criminal record and they are currently dealing with the possibility that he
was suffering from a sudden, overwhelming fit of rage. They added that only a
few hours before the murder, he had driven his mother home from Rambam Medical
Center, where she was being treated for cancer.
On Tuesday, the man will
be brought for a remand hearing at the Krayot Magistrate’s Court. His
courtappointed state attorney said on Monday that she will request that he be
examined by a psychiatrist in the coming days.