Survivor of Anti-Semitic Attack on Jewish Home in Paris Recounts His Ordeal (VIDEO)
The 21 year-old man, known as Jonathan, is recovering from the nightmare that he and his girlfriend went through on Monday at his parents’ home in the Paris suburb of Creteil, where they both returned to live just over one month ago.
The young couple were subjected to a brutal daylight attack by a trio of armed and masked criminals who repeatedly uttered anti-Semitic insults throughout the invasion, saying they were chosen “because [they] are Jewish.”
Jonathan’s girlfriend was raped by two of the assailants, while a third used his credit card to clean out their bank account via a nearby ATM. Two of the suspects, aged 20, have been arrested, and police are looking for the third.
It’s just after noon when the intercom rings at the family’s apartment, Jonathan recalled. His girlfriend, 19, opens the front door, thinking it was an expected delivery. Facing them are three hooded and gloved men. Two of them are armed. The girl screams out for Jonathan, who rushes towards the entrance. The door slams. Their ordeal begins.
“As soon as they saw me coming, they demanded our mobile phones,” Jonathan said, as his girlfriend, nearby, broke down in tears. “We did not understand what was happening. It was a nightmare,” he continued.
The assailants had surveyed the family, their movements, and their residence, according to Jonathan, and believed that his younger brother, Samuel, 20, who works at their family business, would be present. The assailants had wanted to force Samuel to take them to the shop in order to rob it.
“The three criminals then sat us down in the living room, where they tied us up,” and began questioning the couple as to their supposed “huge” incomes.
“They started talking to me about my father, and the car he owns…” Jonathan recounted.
“‘We have been watching you, and not for nothing,’ one of the captors said,” according to his account. “‘Anyway, Jews – you have money at home, you do not put it in the bank…'” one of the group claimed.
“I told them that it was anything but,” Jonathan said, but was told “that they watched us, they knew my mother’s habits. They were talking about my parents saying, ‘They are where, old Jews?’ It was not a robbery due to chance,” according to Jonathan.
Later, his girlfriend told investigators that Jonathan was placed in another room before she was raped by two of the criminals.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into the case, and began questioning the two suspects, who are believed to be the main perpetrators. The two are expected to be indicted on Wednesday evening.
A third suspect, still at large, may have served as a spotter, and may also be implicated in a previous home invasion of a 70-year-old man in the same neighborhood.
Police are also looking for a fourth man, believed to be connected to the case.
Watch the interview (in French) with Jonathan: