The wave of violence that has hit cities across Israel in recent days continued on Friday when a salesman at a phone accessories store in Netanya was stabbed to death during what appeared to be an argument over a faulty product.
According to the police, two brothers, ages 44 and 25, arrived at the store on Friday afternoon, evidently to complain about a defective accessory they had purchased there. The conversation quickly escalated into a brawl; the police suspected that the salesman, 29, hit one of the brothers, prompting the other sibling to take out a knife and stab him.
A preliminary investigation found that the two brothers appeared to be previously acquainted with the salesman. Despite the police's assumption that the squabble began at the store, the murder took place on a sidewalk several meters away from the storefront. The sequence of events is under investigation.
Site of attack (Photo: Ido Erez)
Paramedics who responded on the scene said the victim was conscious when they arrived, but he had sustained critical wounds and later passed away.
The older brother, who allegedly wielded the knife, was turned in to the police by a concerned resident who witnessed the incident and chased the suspect down. The knife was found in a dumpster near the scene of the crime.
"Suddenly, we saw three people running down the street," another witness described the incident. "They passed the store and turned the corner, and then returned to the vicinity of the store. One of them used a bottle to attack the victim, who fell to the floor. The other took out a knife and stabbed the victim.
"It was shocking," he told Ynet.
'It was shocking.' (Photo: Ido Erez)
Netanya Police Commander Alon Aryeh said both brothers and another suspect were in police custody.
Friday's murder concluded a particularly violent week; last Friday night, Gadi Wichman, a 36-year-old father from Beersheba was stabbed to death after asking some noisy teens in his neighborhood to keep it down. Overnight Saturday, 17-year-old boy, Or-Gil Moetti, was stabbed to death in Rehovot. Another woman was murdered in Beersheba on Thursday night.
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