Three Arrested for Alleged Gang Rape of Teen Girl in Central Israel

Upon taking girl home following her mother's report that she was in trouble, police suspected that she was gang-raped

Olivier Fitoussi

Three residents of Yehud in central Israel have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a 17-year-old female resident of the city over the weekend.

The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court extended the detention of the primary suspect until Friday, while the two others were detained until Thursday.

Police arrested the three after the mother of the girl filed a complaint. The preliminary investigation shows that the main suspect took the girl to his apartment on Saturday night, where she allegedly used drugs with those present. The mother, who was in touch with her daughter, called police to report that the girl was in trouble.

A patrol car came to investigate whether a minor had been induced to use drugs and the officers made contact with the primary suspect, the apartment owner, who spoke to police in the girl’s presence. “The policeman called and told me to come down with her. He wanted to see that everything was all right,” the suspect claimed in court. He said that policeman saw the two, “And she said she hadn’t taken anything and they released me.”

Policemen took the girl home and, based on their conversation with her, suspect that she was gang-raped in the apartment. They took her testimony and are searching for other suspects who were in the apartment.