Tel Aviv rape: Palestinian arrested near crime scene (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Eli Senyor Latest Update: 05.15.12, 00:38)
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Resident of Nablus area apprehended near Gan Ha-Ir parking lot;
police say he has been residing in Israel illegally; four other
Palestinians arrested on suspicion of helping him rape teenage girl
while forcing her boyfriend to watch
Police arrested Monday evening a 21-year-old Palestinian on suspicion
of brutally raping a 18-year-old girl in a parking lot adjacent to
the Tel Aviv municipality building over the weekend. Another four
Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of being his accomplices.
Officers from the Yarkon police sub-district arrested the West Bank
resident at around 20:45 on Ibn Gvirol Street - not far from the
scene of the crime - and took him in for questioning. Yarkon sub-
district commander Yoram Ohayon said the suspects "may have been
involved in other incidents."
Oyahon told Ynet the suspect "is very familiar with all of the
streets" near the crime scene.
The rape occurred when the girl and her 17-year-old boyfriend entered
the Gan Ha-Ir parking lot, where their car was parked, at around 3:30
am on Friday night. The attacker ambushed the two and threatened them
with a blunt object, forcing them into a nearby public bathroom,
where he allegedly forced them to have sex, and then raped the woman
himself while forcing her boyfriend to watch.
According to the initial investigation, the main suspect is a
resident of Nablus area and has been residing in Israel illegally.
According to police, he lived for a long period time in north Tel
Aviv and worked in local restaurants.
Investigators, who searched the location in which the suspect had
stayed in over the past few days, said it was too soon to tell
whether the attack was premeditated or random.
In an interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, the boyfriend said
the rapist "held a knife to my stomach for three hours and forced me
to see what he was doing to her. I was scared for her."
The boyfriend said the attacker punched him every time he asked for
him to stop. "I could have fought him, but I thought he could get
angry and slam her head against the wall," he said.
Police have collected DNA samples and finger prints from the scene.
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