Israeli Police Arrest Two Men for Suspected Rape of Special Needs Woman

The two men are suspected of raping the 22-year-old woman, who is on the autism spectrum, in an apartment near the central bus station in south Tel Aviv

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A prisoner is handcuffed.
A prisoner is handcuffed.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

The police arrested two Eritrean citizens from Tel Aviv on Saturday night on suspicion of raping a 22-year-old woman with special needs.

The two men, aged 35 and 45, are suspected of raping the woman in an apartment near the central bus station in south Tel Aviv.

The woman has been staying in a hostel for people with special needs, and a representative of the hostel said she went missing for a few days and that the hostel managers could not find her.

The woman, who is on the autism spectrum, reported the rape to them upon her return. She was taken to the special treatment room for victims of sexual assault at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, where she was examined and treated.

After the hospital reported the incident to the police, officers arrived and spoke to the woman and a representative of the hospital. They began a search and located the suspects in an apartment in Tel Aviv.

The police will ask the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court to extend their detention on Sunday.

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