Barabi was at large for three days and was the subject of a massive manhunt by the police.
He was found hiding in a warehouse, owned by his family, in the city's industrial zone and was taken into custody by Hasharon Subdistrict Police officers. He maintains that he had nothing to do with the accident. Police sources said he is exercising his right to remain silent. Two men found on the premises were also detained for questioning.
Barabi is the prime suspect in the hit-and-run, which claimed the lives of three women, ages 25, 56 and 66, all members of the same family.
According to available details, after hitting the victims, Barabi drove on for several yards before coming to a stop. Eyewitnesses said that two passengers got out of the car and fled on foot.
The second passenger turned himself in at a nearby police station shortly after the incident. At first, he claimed he was driving the car at the time of the accident, but investigators soon ruled it out.
Barabi, who is a resident of Netanya, has a criminal record. He was considered a key figure in Netanya's underworld up until a few years ago.
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