44 Club on Allenby Tel Aviv 370.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman )
The owner of a Tel Aviv nightclub and one of his employees were arrested on
Monday morning on suspicion of involvement in the rape of two teenage girls at
the club last Sunday night.
The case was opened when paramedics found the
two 17- year-old girls lying unconscious in the early morning on Yona Hanavi
Street in Tel Aviv. After the girls came to, one of them reportedly told the
police that she thought she had been raped earlier in the night at the Allenby
44 club around the corner.
Under questioning, the two girls said they
came to the club shortly before it closed and began to drink heavily with
workers at the bar. They ended up becoming very intoxicated and stayed behind at
the club after it closed its doors. According to police, the two girls were then
assaulted, no longer able to fight off the men’s advances or give consent, both
because of their age and their inebriated state. Police said one of the girls
was dragged to a bathroom where she was sexually assaulted, while the other was
attacked in the middle of the club.
Speaking to reporters at the Lev Tel
Aviv police station on Monday afternoon, Ch.-Insp. Itzik Cohen, head of
the investigations branch of the subdistrict, said that police are still looking
for two additional suspects, both employees of the bar, who they suspect took
part in the assaults.
He said that police don’t believe the owner was at
the bar at the time of the incident, but rather, is suspected of obstruction of
justice for refusing to hand over the surveillance camera footage from the bar
or giving up information on his employees.
Cohen said the girls had been
at the bar before in the past and were somewhat acquainted with the
He added that they had already been drinking when they arrived
at Allenby 44, and continued to drink when the bar staff gave them free drinks
until after closing. He said that after the attacks, the girls were dragged out
of the bar and placed on Yona Hanavi Street, where they remained from about 4
a.m. until 7 a.m., when they were discovered and paramedics were
He would not say whether the suspects had each raped both of the
girls, or if each girl had been assaulted by more than one person.
added that with the summer vacation coming up, teenagers must be careful about
In court on Monday, police said the two girls were
incapable of standing at the time of the assaults, and that employees of the
club had served them an enormous amount of alcohol to get them into that
On Monday, the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of
the club owner by one day, and that of the employee, who is suspected of taking
part in the assaults, by four days.