Police rescue wealthy Jerusalemite kidnapped by gang
After gag order lifted in case, police reveal woman and housekeeper abducted, freed in police raid.
Police last week arrested three Israeli men suspected of abducting two women from their Jerusalem homes, authorities revealed Sunday after a gag order was lifted in the case.
According to police, the suspects, all residents of central Israel who immigrated from former Soviet republics, abducted an affluent businesswoman and her housekeeper from their home in the Kfar David neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Police also suspect the three of involvement in other crimes, including attempted murder and robberies in central Israel.
Police said the suspects kidnapped the two women approximately two weeks ago, after posing as security personnel in order to gain entry into the home.
After the businesswoman opened the door, the suspects allegedly threatened them at gunpoint and told them to pack clothing for an extended stay elsewhere. The suspects also allegedly took the victims' cell phones and stole jewelry and other valuables from the home. They then allegedly took them to an apartment in Petah Tikva.
Police opened an investigation after receiving calls from the businesswoman's family, fearing for her life.
A special team of investigators working on the case discovered that the woman had faxed her accountant in Luxembourg, instructing him to transfer $3.5 million to a bank in Sofia, Bulgaria, which, it turned out, belongs to the ringleader.
On Tuesday last week, police saw the two victims leaving the building escorted by one of the kidnappers, and began following them.
They arrested the ringleader, while officers from a special police unit stormed the apartment, where they discovered automatic weapons and ammunition, commando knives, handcuffs, silencers, foreign passports and night-vision devices.
Police arrested another suspect shortly thereafter, while the third was arrested last Friday.