Palestinian, 21, arrested on suspicion of raping Israeli teen on beach

19-year-old says suspect dragged her to concealed spot on Bat Yam shore and assaulted her; suspect, from Hebron area, had permit to be in Israel

Illustrative: The beach in the coastal town of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, on April 14, 2018. (Dario Sanchez/Flash90)
Illustrative: The beach in the coastal town of Bat Yam, near Tel Aviv, on April 14, 2018. (Dario Sanchez/Flash90)

A Palestinian man, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of raping an Israeli teenager on a beach in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam, Israel Police said Wednesday.

Police said they will ask the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court for an extension of the suspect’s remand.

The suspect, from near the West Bank city of Hebron, has a permit to be in Israel.

A complaint was filed with police, who identified and located the man.

The alleged rape happened last Thursday. Hebrew media reports said the suspect was employed in construction work.

A 19-year-old girl told investigators she had come to the coastal city’s Sea Palace Beach to read a book, Channel 12 reported.

The suspect arrived with another person and a friendly conversation developed between the three of them. At some point, the third person left, after which the suspect allegedly dragged the victim to a concealed spot, raped her and then left.

The young woman went to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon and reported the attack.

Investigators retrieved CCTV images of the suspect from the scene, according to the report.

Investigators were working to determine if the suspect had planned to carry out the rape or spontaneously decided to act after encountering the teen, Kan news reported.

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