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Chaya Alperon, the sister of late crime boss Ya’acov Alperon, was arrested on
Sunday in connection to a daytime double murder in Petah Tikva in
On Sunday afternoon, the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court ordered her
to remain in custody for a further 24 hours, in order to question her about her
alleged connection to the killings.
Police had initially asked for a
The incident in question was a midday drive-by shooting in
a quiet Petah Tikva neighborhood that took the lives of Eli Orkobi, 35, and Eran
The shooting was carried out by two men on a motorcycle in
the middle of a school day on the same block as a high school and two
kindergartens, drawing public outrage.
Orkobi and Partush were killed and
a third man wounded at the foot of an apartment building that is well known to
Central District police. The building, which is still under construction,
includes apartments purchased by crime family head Avi Ruhan as well as reputed
underworld figure Chico Ben-Adeh, and Orkobi himself.
Orkobi was an
associate of Eli Reuben, who ran a “gray market” bank in the Petah Tikva market.
A couple of months before the double murder, Reuben and his associates badly
beat Reuben Partush, Alperon’s son (no relation to Eran Partush), driving her to
seek revenge, police suspect. On April 30, Reuben was wounded in a shooting in
Eran Partush, who was the contractor building the apartments,
is not believed to have been a target of the killing, but rather an innocent
bystander, as was the third man who was wounded.
Alperon’s lawyer, Moshe
Yochai, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the arrest was carried out
“because her last name is Alperon, it sounds good in headlines.”
that he believes the arrest is part of police efforts to garner positive public
relations in the wake of blatant underworld violence.
“So they go out and
arrest a 62-year-old grandmother of 12.”
Chaya’s brother, Ya’acov, was
killed when a bomb exploded in his car while he was at a junction in north Tel
Aviv in November 2008.
No one has been arrested in that crime.