A 16-year-old boy accused of fatally striking his friend with a metal bar during a brawl in Jerusalem has been arrested, police said on Sunday.
The incident occurred on the night between Wednesday and Thursday. The suspect was detained along with his father and two other teenagers, according to Hebrew media reports.
Last week, the Magen David Adom emergency services initially reported to police that the boy suffered a head injury as the result of a road accident. Several minutes later, the emergency service updated that the teenager hit his head after he fell off a scooter and then later said he collapsed under the influence of drugs.
The victim was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in critical condition overnight Wednesday-Thursday. On Friday night, he was pronounced dead.
According to a police investigation, the suspect and the victim met in south Jerusalem and took drugs together on Wednesday night.
A fight later broke out between the two youths, during which the suspect allegedly took a metal rod from a cart and hit the victim over the head.
The teenager then reportedly went home and told his father what happened. The father allegedly tried to hide the cart which contained the weapon. However, police located the cart and arrested the father on allegations of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice. Two other teenagers were also detained in connection with the incident.
In a statement, police said, “This is a serious incident in which a youth deprived another of his life during a fight with his friend.”
The suspect was supposed to be under house arrest over past acts of violence against other youths.
The suspect’s attorney, Erez Bar-Zvi, said that his client acted in self-defense.
“He is cooperating with the investigation,” Bar Zvi said, “and he has related his account of the series of events that ended in this tragedy. We are waiting for the police to finish this investigation and review his version of events.”