Two men charged with raping American tourist in Tel Aviv

Two men charged with raping American tourist in Tel Aviv

Prosecution demand suspects remain in custody; alleged assault took place last week at Jaffa flea market

Illustrative photo of Jaffa flea market (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Jaffa flea market (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Two Jaffa flea market vendors were indicted by the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office Sunday in the rape and assault of an American tourist last week.

The names of the victim, 25, and her attackers are under a gag order.

The woman was allegedly assaulted in a jewelry store in the flea market and then raped in a nearby clothing store in the middle of the day, according to reports.

The woman told investigators she was walking through the market last Monday when she entered one of the stores. Once inside, the alleged attacker forced her into a room at the back of the premises where he raped her. He then took her to an adjacent shop where, together with the second suspect, they performed indecent acts on her, she said.

The prosecution filed a request with the court to hold the men in police custody until the end of the case. It also requested that the court take the woman’s testimony early, so that she can return to the United States.

The two suspects — one man from Ra’anana, 39, and another from Holon, 44 — were arrested on Wednesday.

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