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May 15, 2012 10:23 am

Palestinian Arrested Over Brutal Sexual Assault in Tel Aviv Parking Lot

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After three days of an intensive manhunt, police arrested a man on Monday suspected of perpetrating the brutal attack on a young couple in the Gan Ha’ir (City Garden) parking lot on Friday, Israel Hayom reported. The suspect, a 21-year-old Palestinian resident of Nablus, was picked up by police as he walked along Ibn Gvirol street, not far from the scene of the attack.

On Friday night, a security guard at the Gan Ha’ir parking lot heard screams and called the police. When they arrived, they found a woman, 18, and her boyfriend, 17, who said they had been sexually and physically assaulted by a man described as belonging to an ethnic minority.

According to the couple, they were sitting on a bench near Gan Ha’ir when they noticed a man watching them. They decided to enter the Gan Ha’ir parking lot and, when they were in the public restroom, the man surprised them and forced them to have sex at knife point. The man then tried to sexually assault the boyfriend, but after failing in his attempt, he brutally raped the young woman instead for more than an hour, after which he fled.

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