The suspect, a 21-year-old Palestinian, was arrested for forcing a couple into a public bathroom, ordering them to have sex, then brutally raping the teenage girl at knife-point, while forcing her boyfriend to watch. The boyfriend said he could have fought him but he feared the attacker will hurt the girl.
The suspect also tried to sexualy assualt the boyfriend.
The Suspect denies assaulting the couple and says he only robbed them. "I stole their phones, I didn't rape (anyone)," the prime suspect said on Tuesday.
The suspect is a resident of Nablus area and has been residing in Israel illegally.
Police arrested a suspect last night in the rape at knife-point of a young woman Friday night-
Late Friday night, a young woman and her male friend were accosted in the parking lot by a man with a knife, who forced them into a public bathroom, ordered them to have sex, then raped the woman.
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 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 knive, 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.
Police have collected DNA samples and finger prints from the scene.
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 he could have fought him but he feared the attacker will hurt the girl.
"I stole their phones, I didn't rape (anyone)," the prime suspect in the Gan Hair rape case said on Tuesday.
The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court remanded the suspect, a 21-year-old Palestinian from Nablus who has been living in Israel illegally, for nine days.
Police questioned the man overnight. He denied the allegations, saying that he had stolen the couple's phones but did not commit any rape.
The investigation has revealed that the suspect has been living in Israel without authorization for a considerable time, sleeping in different houses in north Tel Aviv and making a living at odd jobs.
The police also believe that another four suspects arrested Monday knew about the rape and might have tried to help the suspect hide his tracks.
Police were also looking into the possibility that the prime suspect is connected to other recent crimes in Tel Aviv.
At Tuesday's hearing, a police official described the alleged events in the parking lot: "The suspect met the victim by chance and followed (the couple), threatening them at knifepoint. He forced them into a bathroom, ordered them to have sex, and then raped the young woman and tried to rape the man."
Magistrate's Court Judge Benny Sagi orded the suspect be remanded, ruling that despite the short time that had passed since the incident, investigators have been able to amass a considerable amount of evidence. "The evidence is stronger than could be demanded at this point in the process, to the point of reasonable suspicion," Sagi explained.
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