Police arrest suspect W. Bank car-jacking wave (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN 02/28/12)
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Following a spate of nighttime car-jackings on West Bank highways,
police arrested a suspect they believe may be linked to the robberies
during a stakeout late Sunday night.
Police arrested the suspect at a junction near Kalkilya after he
approached an automobile parked on the side of the road in which an
undercover female police officer was sitting. When the suspect
attempted to pull the officer out of the vehicle, undercover officers
swooped in and made the arrest. Police said the suspect, a 23-year-
old resident of Kalkilya, was carrying a knife when he was arrested.
Police launched the stakeout following the wave of car thefts in the
past month, eight of which occurred in the past week.
Most of the car-jackings have taken place on highway 55 and highway
According to National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the thieves
used a variety of methods to steal the cars. In a number of incidents
they would bump into a car from behind faking a minor collision, and
when the driver pulled over and exited the car to inspect the damage,
a passenger would run into the car and drive off, followed by the car
In another method, they would use one car to block off the highway,
faking an accident and forcing an oncoming car to slow to a halt,
which they would then steal after forcing out the driver.
Rosenfeld said that the suspects used neither a deadly weapon nor the
threat of violence in any of the incidents.
Hanael Durani, head of the local council of the West Bank settlement
of Kedumim, said the wave of robberies has significantly affected the
lives of residents.
“Nowadays if a woman has to go out at night she’ll think twice before
taking her car out onto the highway. It’s something that has really
altered the fabric of our lives recently.”
However, Durani did clarify that the people of Kedumim are not living
in fear. They trust the police and security services to put an end to
the robberies, she said. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/28/12)
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