Jewish woman stabbed in J'lem park

Fifteen-year-old West Bank Arab suspect arrested and taken to investigation.

liberty bell park 298.88 (photo credit: GPO)
liberty bell park 298.88
(photo credit: GPO)
A 28-year-old Jewish woman was stabbed in the face and lightly wounded Wednesday night by a teenage Palestinian attacker in a central Jerusalem park, police said. The motive for the 7 p.m. attack in the city's Liberty Bell Park was under investigation, although the suspect told police that it stemmed from a dispute he had with his Palestinian employer earlier in the day. The 15-year-old suspected Arab assailant fled the scene, but was arrested minutes later near the Jaffa Gate, a five minute walk from the park, his clothes drenched in blood, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. The knife used in the attack was also found nearby. Police said that the Arab suspect, who has confessed to carrying out the attack, is a resident of the West Bank city of Ramallah. During his initial police interrogation, he told investigators that he carried out the attack after getting into a dispute with his Palestinian employer, a chicken butcher, earlier in the day. The teenage assailant said that he had stabbed his Palestinians employer in the face on Wednesday morning since the latter had not paid him his wages. He then fled to Jerusalem, and stabbed a Jewish woman, aiming to wound her - and not kill her - in order to be arrested by police, the suspect told police investigators, according to a summation of the interrogation provided by police. Police were seeking to verify his accounting of the day's events. The Jewish victim, who received first aid treatment on the scene, was evacuated to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital at Ein Kerem.