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Anesthesiologist accused of trying to murder crush’s boyfriend with anesthetics

Asaf Karpel allegedly broke into apartment with electroshock weapon, tried to inject deadly substance; he would also stalk woman, extracted intimate photos from her phone

A syringe with which doctor Asaf Karpel allegedly tried to murder the partner of a woman he had a crush on, July 2021. (Israel Police)
A syringe with which doctor Asaf Karpel allegedly tried to murder the partner of a woman he had a crush on, July 2021. (Israel Police)

An Israeli anesthesiologist was indicted Wednesday for allegedly trying to use an anesthetic to murder the romantic partner of a woman he had a crush on.

According to the charge sheet filed to the Central District Court, Asaf Karpel, 37, befriended the woman, whom he got to know in the course of his work as a doctor.

The indictment indicated that Karpel would stalk the woman, wait for her near her car, buy her gifts and send her email and text messages expressing his love for her and his wish for a romantic relationship with her.

On one occasion, when they were studying together, he allegedly used her phone when she exited the room to send intimate photos of her to his own phone. He later claimed that her boyfriend was sending out intimate photos of her.

According to the indictment, Karpel eventually decided to kill the woman’s partner.

He stole her home key and stole two syringes from the hospital where he works, along with anesthetics that can kill a person in case of an overdose and are normally only given during treatment, with life-saving equipment close by.

Karpel allegedly checked the woman’s shift schedule to know when she wasn’t at home, and earlier this month went to her home in disguise, carrying an electroshock weapon, a lighter, a scalpel and the syringes with the anesthetics.

After waiting outside for several hours, he entered the apartment in the middle of the night using the key, went to the bedroom and attacked the woman’s boyfriend, according to the indictment.

Karpel used the electric shocker and tried to inject him with the syringes, but his intended victim woke up, struggled and broke free, after which Karpel fled the scene.

Karpel was located a short while later while trying to drive to Jerusalem. A search of his car yielded black coveralls, a hat, a balaclava and the syringes.

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