Over recent months there have been a number of attacks against young women in Bnei Brak, primarily in the area of simcha halls. The victims described a male attacked dressed in chassidish clothing, a person who attacked them in alleys and stairwells. Community leaders heard of the incidents and immediately contacted Ayalon Police, dealing with Albert Ochaiyon.
Police took statements from victims and this led them to security camera video footage in the area of some of the attacks, moving the investigation along.
Police arrested a male who they believe is the attacker. The suspect in custody denied any involvement in attacks against anyone. Seeking to persuade police he told them that he never ever leaves his home of yeshiva without a hat, while the attacker is seen on video without a hat. Police were persuaded and the suspect was released, only to learn later that the person they arrested truly was not the attacker.
After receiving a tip the investigation moved ahead and on Thursday, 22 Tammuz 5772 police raided a chassidish yeshiva in Bnei Brak and made an arrest, apprehending the suspect while he was eating dinner. When the suspect saw police moving in he fled the scene but was apprehended shortly thereafter. Police report that he has admitted to the attacks but police are not convinced that he is the only one involved.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)