Prosecutors use DNA match to indict man for attempted rape

Suspect arrested after police DNA database shows alleged match with attacker - years after the assaults occurred.

By
December 21, 2011 13:38
2 minute read.
[illustrative photo]

Suspect in court judge handcuffs arrest hearing 311. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

State prosecutors say the DNA profile of a suspect helped lead to his indictment on Wednesday on allegations of indecent assault and attempted rape.

The two attacks took place in 2007 and 2008, but both victims did not know the identity of their attacker and police did not arrest any suspect until two weeks ago, when they found an alleged match between a sample taken from one of the victims and the defendant, whose identity is subject to a media gag order.The court has also forbidden publication of any details of the two victims, including their places of residence.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Iran: Christian pastor charged with rape, not apostasy
Katsav to serve 7 years for rape conviction

The indictment, filed in the Central District Court, charges the defendant with counts of attempted rape, indecent assault using force and sodomy.

The first attack took place in April 2007 as the victim took her daily walk along a dirt road near her home.

According to the indictment, the victim came across the defendant, who was wearing only his underpants and a tank top. As she tried to walked past him, the defendant allegedly grabbed her and threatened to rape her if she attempted to escape.

The defendant is then alleged to have molested the victim, ordered her to perform a sex act on him, and forced her to do so when she refused, the indictment charges.

The second victim was attacked in January 2008 while taking her daily walk on a dirt track in a location close to the scene of the first attack.



This time, the indictment alleges, the defendant was naked, apart from a pair of sneakers and a shirt wrapped around his head to hide his face.

When she saw the defendant, the second victim became frightened and began to run, but the defendant gave chase and caught her, pushing her to the ground, again according to the indictment.

The defendant allegedly grabbed the woman’s head, forced it to the ground while removing her clothes, and then hit her on the head with a cellphone.

The defendant then attempted to rape the second victim, the indictment alleges, even as she fought and screamed. Police later took a sample of the attacker’s DNA from the second victim.

Along with the indictment, the State Attorney’s Office also filed a request that the defendant be remanded in custody for the duration of the legal proceedings against him.

The Central District Court will convene on January 2 to hear the case for the defendant’s remand, and he will be formally arraigned on the same day.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD