A captain in the army's VIP protection unit was arrested early Saturday on suspicion that he tried to sexually assault a woman at the Tel Aviv Port.
Police received a report Friday night of a young woman in her 20s calling for help in the area. Officers were dispatched to the scene and found the partly naked woman lightly injured and surrounded by worried passersby.
The woman told investigators she was walking to her car in the Tel Aviv Port parking lot when she was attacked by a man who dragged her to the bushes on the Yarkon river bank, hit her and removed her clothes. The woman resisted and hit the man while calling out for help. Eventually, the woman said, the suspect gave up and fled the scene.
Shortly after the incident, police forces and volunteers began scouring the area for the suspect, and found him hiding between the bushes, not far from where the attack took place.
After the man was arrested, police officers were surprised to find out the suspect is a member of the IDF's VIP protection unit and also served as the Chief of Staff's bodyguard.
The man, who was also lightly injured, appeared to be intoxicated.
The suspect was taken in for questioning and will be brought before a judge Saturday evening. The woman received medical treatment in Wolfson hospital in Holon and was later released.