Attempted kidnapping reported near Pardes Hanna

A man attempted to force a 16-year-old girl into his car but ran after locals were alerted by the girl's screams.

 Israel Police (illustrative) (photo credit: Moti Karelitz/Flash90)
Israel Police (illustrative)
(photo credit: Moti Karelitz/Flash90)

A man attempted to kidnap a 16-year-old girl in Pardes Hanna-Karkur on Sunday, according to Israel Police.

The man grabbed the girl and attempted to force her into the trunk of his car, but did not succeed in doing so. Police who arrived at the scene met the girl and collected evidence. The girl did not require medical treatment.

"She was walking on the regular route in Karkur, and while walking on the sidewalk she felt a grip on her waist, someone picked her up and tried to put her in the trunk of a car. She struggled with him, he dropped her to the floor and then she started screaming," the girl's sister told KAN news. "A couple who were walking by noticed strange noises and ran towards her. My sister managed to break free and he got in the car and drove away."

A source involved in the investigation told Walla news that the girl did not remember how the assailant or his vehicle looked, although eyewitnesses described the car as dark and without license plates.

 Israel Police set up a checkpoint on a highway after a deadly terrorist attack in Hadera, March 28, 2022 (credit: ISRAEL POLICE) Israel Police set up a checkpoint on a highway after a deadly terrorist attack in Hadera, March 28, 2022 (credit: ISRAEL POLICE)

In June 2011, a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped near where the latest attempt occurred. The girl managed to open the door of the vehicle and jump out as it was driving. Akram Abu Mukh, a 29-year-old man from Baka al-Gharbiya was sentenced to 33 months in prison after he admitted to kidnapping the girl with the intention of raping her.