A man from Tel Aviv was found bound and stabbed inside a car in East Jerusalem before dawn on Friday. Police said preliminary investigation suggests a criminal motive for the attack.
Police found the man, a 60-year-old Jewish resident of Tel Aviv, inside a trunk of a car with multiple stabbing wounds and his hands bound. He was taken to the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karen, in moderate condition.
The car was located during a police patrol in Jerusalem, the police said in a statement. The force spotted a suspicious vehicle near the Olive Crossing terminal in East Jerusalem. When the policemen asked to get closer to the car, it tried to flee in the direction of the At-Tur neighborhood.
The police force then chased the car and apprehended the driver and a passenger after a foot pursuit. Both suspects were At-Tur residents in their early 20s. The police said the man inside the truck of the car was found after they heard cries for help. They then alerted emergency medical services.
Police said the car belongs to the victim. Preliminary investigation shows that the suspects met the victim in Tel Aviv and asked him for food and a place to sleep, but when they entered his car they tried to rob him. Then he was beat, stabbed and a gag was over his mouth and his hands were tied.
The suspected will be brought before a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court later on Friday.