As police continue their search for the State's witness which managed to elude no less than six detectives charged with watching him and his since been on the lam, Saturday's image emerged. In response, the police said: "We are searching everywhere, all the time."
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Saturday morning, the police were alerted to Tel Aviv's Metzizim Beach to deal with a brawl. But after they had sorted the conflict out they received orders to stay at the beach and conduct what seems to be the only thing police have been conducting lately – a search after the runaway state witness.
Fully uniformed, in heat, police search (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Additional search squads were also sent to canvass the area.
Police have spared no expense in their attempt to retrieve the state witness who escaped during the night between Wednesday and Thursday. Hundreds of cops are taking part in the search and others are interviewing the witness's friends and family, however, he has yet to be captured.
Search continues (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The police have even placed plain clothes officers at LGBT events in a hope he will surface, but to not avail.
The searches began immediately after the State's main witness in the 2009 gay center shooting case escaped the safe house he had stayed in under police protection.
The last time the police saw him was in his bed at 2 am when he was allegedly still asleep. Later attempts to find him through his mobile phone's GPS revealed that he apparently ditched the device.
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It is estimated he is still in the Tel Aviv area and checks conducted at the Ben Gurion Airport and in border crossing indicated he did not leave the country.
It is believed the witness used the bedroom window in the safe house to escape.
According to his agreement with the police, he was allowed to sleep alone but no less than six detectives were meant to watch him at all times, some in the safe house and others outside it.
"It's a huge failure," a high-ranking police officer said.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch met Friday with Tel Aviv District Police Commander Major General Benzi Sao and other district officers.
"I have come to be updated in the actions being taken in wake of the State's witness disappearance," he said, noting that the "disappearance will be studied and the necessary lessons will be learnt from it." Nonetheless, he stressed that "he had also come to show his support of the police district."
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