Nightime drama in Tel Aviv: A Sudanese national broke into a flat in the Yad Eliyahu neighborhood on the south side of the city early Wednesday morning. He apparently tried to attack an eight-year-old girl and stabbed the mother who came to her rescue, wounding her lightly.
The father attacked the intruder in return, wounding him seriously. Police are investigating whether the intruder attempted to sexually assault the child.
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The investigation shows that the intruder made his way into the house at around 5:30 am, stealing the woman’s cellular phone. He then entered the girl’s bedroom and approached her bed. She began to cry, waking her mother, who came into the room, where the intruder stabbed her, injuring her lightly.
Window through which intruder entered (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
At this point the father, who happened to know martial arts, awoke and began punching the suspect. He overpowered him and used a phone cord to tie him up, so that he would not run away before the police arrived.
Scene of the crime in south Tel Aviv (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
Police from the neighborhood station, under the command of Chief Superintendent Alon Magen, rushed to the scene. "We received a report of a breaking and entering into a house," Magen said. "The report stated that the suspect went in with the intention of stealing. He entered the children’s bedroom and there broke out a struggle between him and the mother, which the father joined later, hitting him and succeeding in overpowering him."
The father with investigators (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
A team of investigators from the Yiftah station arrived at the scene, and under the command of Chief Superintendent Miri Peled, began collecting evidence.
Magen David Adom paramedics arrived on the scene of Wednesday’s break-in and took the mother to Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. The intruder was taken to the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
With dawn, news of the event began to spread around the neighborhood. Residents gathered outside the house, expressing anger over the occurrence. One said, "It is frightening what is going on here. Every time, they approach your house. It will end in murder. The police must wake up."
At the same time, people began to yell at the officers, saying they "are not doing enough," and that the time has come to deal with the issue of refugees and migrants, who are allegedly involved in crime. Another neighbor said, "At night my brother saw a foreigner entering his yard. He approached him, managing to hit him, before he ran off."
Police are investigating whether that occurrence is related to Wednesday’s event.
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