Or Akiva man arrested for beating Holocaust survivor
Police arrested a 30-year-old Or Akiva resident yesterday on suspicion of having assaulted an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor in the town last Thursday.
Police suspect that Avi Strikovsky assaulted Ogen Radar, his neighbor, because of a dispute over watering their apartment building's common garden. He will be brought to court for a hearing this morning, and police intend to ask that he be remanded until the end of his trial.
The assault took place at about 2 P.M. last Thursday, during the holiday of Simhat Torah, as Radar was coming home from synagogue. According to his Radar's son, David Radar, Strikovsky was lying in wait for him near his home. "He beat him all over his body, then went away and left him there, bleeding," David Radar said. He added that Strikovsky apparently used a sharp instrument, as his father suffered a deep cut on his forehead.
Radar managed to drag himself home and press the panic button he had installed, which summoned both his son and the police. They took him to the hospital for treatment.
"This was an attempted murder," David Radar said. "My father has a heart problem, and a single punch could cause him to collapse."
This is the second time in a few weeks that Strikovsky has attacked Radar, but after the first incident, the court released Strikovsky on bail.