In his press conference announcing the capture of the murder Levi Aron, and the gruesome discovery of Leiby A”H’s body, Police Commissioner Kelly acknowledged publicly the Shomrim Patrol for providing a license plate number that led them to Levi. How did the Shomrim receive the information? As it turns out it was supplied by Flatbush brothers, who watched the news and saw footage of the car on YWN and spotted it several minutes later.
The Brothers actually hesitated for a while if they really saw that car, but the Hashgacha led them to encounter and show the photos to several active Askunim who were in close contact with BP Shomrim Coordinator Simcha Bernath. The immediately called Simcha, who had Shomrim take down the plate number, and in about 15 minutes the police were at the murder’s house. The Yiddish weekly Der Yid runs a firsthand account of one of the bucherim, Baruch T., a Flatbush Yeshiva Bucher. The following are some excerpts:
I watched the video of the car where Leiby was lured into. My older brother and I decided to drive around and look for it… We drove several blocks, and on East 3rd St. we saw a car somewhat similar to the car on the video… We took some photos and a video of the car with our phone. We parked to watch for other cars. We haven’t seen that car passing us.
Afterwards we drove back to East 2nd St., between Cortelyou Rd. and Ave. C, and we were surprised to see the exact same car on East 2nd. These are one-way streets, and the car would have to pass us. We went out, and confirmed that it’s the same license plate number. “How did he arrive to E 2nd without us seeing him passing by?” we wondered.
We returned to the car and got nervous. It didn’t feel right: I saw the guy standing in front of his house, and for a second he stared back. His cab was similar to the dashik (a Yiddish term for the type of flat-brimmed hat that Levi sported) on the video. His figure also looked similar. He looked nervous. He parked in front of his house and it looked like he’s entering the house…
My brother argued that it is just a co-incidence. “You want to be Dan Lkaf Zchus. You don’t want to cause problems to a person for nothing.”
We decided to proceed to the end of the block, where we stopped at a pump and waited to see if the car will pass us again. We waited several minutes, and decided to go back, but the car was not there anymore. It was funny where it is – maybe he parked in the driveway.
We called Shomrim and asked if the car model is a Honda, without sharing that we saw something. They responded that they don’t have the exact model. I was discouraged, and we decided to ignore it.
We wanted to return home, and looked for parking on our block. While trying to find a spot, we saw several Shomrim members (actually they where Der Yid staffers. one of them was Moshe Wolf Klein, who works close with Shomrim. During the search he was sent to pick up CCTV disks of interest, and drove the father around to check out possible leads on cameras.). They were in front of the Alesker Shul (Harav Ashkenazi’s Shul, on E 2 – Ave. F). “This was Hashgahcah Pratis (Divine providence).”
We approached them and showed the video. They looked at it, and called the Shomrim (Simcha Bernath directly). He asked for the license plates, and said that they will contact us if they need something. This call was made on 1:42 Wednesday AM.
Back home, I couldn’t fall asleep, and watched for news in the case. About 3:30 I saw that someone was arrested at that address where we saw the parked car. “I thought, OMG, he was it.”
Commissioner Kelly said that they approached the house about 2 am, based on the license plates provided by the Shomrim. (It seems that the information gleaned from the dentist wasn’t enough).
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