Authorities to try to extend remand of suspected rapist

Law enforcement authorities were expected on Tuesday to request to extend the remand of the primary suspect in the rape which occurred in Tel Aviv over the weekend, according to Army Radio. The authorities were also expected to seek to extend the remand of five other detainees suspected of helping the suspected rapist.
The 21-year-old Palestinian man was arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of raping a 17-year-old girl at knife-point and forcing her boyfriend to watch earlier this week in the heart of Tel Aviv.
Police, who were under massive public pressure to solve the case, arrested the suspect on a street near the scene of the crime, in the vicinity of the Gan Ha’ir parking lot of the municipality. He is a resident of the West Bank, from a village near Nablus, and has a few minor criminal offenses on his record which do not include sexual assaults.
Five additional suspects were also arrested and were questioned throughout Monday night to determine the level of their alleged involvement.
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.
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