Police Nab Suspect in 2 Jerusalem Stabbings

The man, 22, is suspected of stabbing a Jewish man at Bloomfield Garden and then stabbing an Arab.

Gil Ronen ,

Arab with knife
Arab with knife
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Jerusalem Police have arrested a 22-year-old resident of Silwan, on suspicion that he carried out two different stabbing attacks recently, as well as an attempted stabbing.

Police believe that the man stabbed a 52-year-old Jewish man at Bloomfield Gardens on July 24. The victim, reportedly a resident of Pisgat Ze'ev, was stabbed in the chest and hand. He said that the Arab attacked him when he was at the restroom.

The attacker fled toward the Old City and tried to stab another Jew in the course of his flight. He failed to actually stab the man, though.

Upon reaching Damascus Gate, he got into a fight with another Arab youth and stabbed him.

The attacks are not believed to have been nationalistic in motive, according to reports.

A charge sheet against the suspect is to be filed Monday in the Jerusalem District Court.