Security Officer for IDF General Staff Suspected of Attempted Rape

Officer at rank of captain arrested on suspicion of trying to rape 22-year-old near Tel Aviv nightclub district.

Tel Aviv police arrested on Saturday morning an Israel Defense Forces officer, who belongs to the unit tasked with guarding the General Staff, on suspicion of attempting to rape a 22-year-old woman.

At 2:00 A.M., police received a report that a woman was calling for help in the nightclub district near the Tel Aviv port. People who noticed the 22-year-old lying down on the floor later called large police forces to the site.

The Yarkon District Special Anti-Terror Unit located the woman, who was wounded and naked. She subsequently told police that the officer, who holds the rank of captain, assaulted her as she was en route to her car at the end of a night out in the area. She said he dragged her to some nearby bushes, beat her and tried to rape her.

According to the 22-year-old, she did not lose consciousness and fought back, managing to force him to leave her.

Police found the suspect after conducting a search of the area in which the incident occurred. They then brought him in for questioning, when it emerged that the man was a 30-year-old IDF officer who serves in the prestigious unit that guards the army's most high-ranking commanders.

Police noticed that the suspect's face was bruised, and during a preliminary investigation, he was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Police were to bring him to the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court on Saturday evening for a remand extension.