Two juveniles were arrested on Friday over suspicions that they assaulted and robbed two homeless people in Jaffa, leaving them in critical condition, police said Saturday.
Police were called to the city’s Jerusalem Boulevard after the two, aged 12 and 14, were reported to be throwing stones at an abandoned building there. When officers arrived at the scene the two fled, but were swiftly caught. Policemen found them to be carrying the wallets and identity cards of two homeless people who had been attacked and robbed in the area some time earlier.
Authorities believe the two juveniles were responsible for the attacks.
The injured homeless people were attended to by paramedics and later sent to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon and the Sourasky Medical Center in neighboring Tel Aviv.
Oded Shinkman, the paramedic initially dispatched to treat the two victims, described the scene of the crime: “We found two adults in an abandoned car wash who were unconscious and had severe bruising all over their bodies.
The two, in their 50s and 60s, “were both in critical condition when they were evacuated… [and] one received respiratory treatment,” Shinkman said.
The two boys were taken in for questioning and admitted to the attacks. Police said they believed others were involved and expected further arrests to take place.
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