One of the suspects
Photo: Avihu Shapira

3rd suspect in Ramat Yishai rape surrenders to police

Suspect linked to rape of two women in north Israel on Sunday surrenders to officers near his home; attorney of man suspected of aiding to alleged rapists says alibi solid

Police on Monday arrested a third suspect in the rape of two young women in the Ramat Yishai area in northern Israel.


The suspect turned himself in to police officers near his home. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at the Nazareth Magistrates' Court.


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The court on Monday extended by eight days the remand of Rashid Saada from the village Manshia Zabda, who is suspected of aiding the two other rape suspects.


Earlier, police arrested the second rape suspect. Investigators said he was cooperating and has linked himself to the crime.


שחזור במקום האונס ברמת ישי (צילום: אבישג שאר-ישוב)

Suspect reenacts rape, Monday (Photo: Avisag She'ar Yeshuv)


First reported by Channel 10 News, the incident took place at around 2 am on Sunday. The two women were out with their dates in the Ramat Yishai area and later took a car to a nearby grove.


According to the police, at this stage the two suspects arrived at the scene and chased the two men away with threats. They got into a vehicle parked in the area, and raped the two women. The suspects used the car, which was later found in a nearby village, to flee the area.


During Monday's arraignment hearing, a police representative said the evidence contradicts Saada's alibi, according to which he was not present at the scene of the crime. The representative said investigators were examining a vehicle found near the suspect's home.


According to the police representative, the victims said they could identify the suspects if asked to do so.


Saada's attorney, Ala'a Suleiman, said his client's alibi was solid. "A crime may have been committed, but my client was not at the scene. He was home. His large family can testify to this."


However, the judge decided to extend the suspect's remand by eight days, saying he was dangerous and may disrupt legal proceedings if released.


Ahiya Raved contributed to the report




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