Kidnapping attempt (illustrative)
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Israel Police on Tuesday announced that a Bedouin Arab suspected of assaulting and attempting to kidnap a woman last month will be indicted, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

In April, the three Bedouin, ages 19-26, attempted to kidnap a resident of Kiryat Malakhi who was an acquaintance of one of them. Arriving at the young woman's apartment building, the acquaintance tried to force her into their vehicle.

After the young woman fought their attempts, the three began to run away. As they escaped, they attacked a passerby, robbing him of his mobile phone. Police officers were called to the scene following a report of screaming and violence near the young woman's apartment building. They saw the suspects escaping in their vehicle and began chasing after them. It was during this chase that the suspects broke through a police barricade.

At another barricade on their journey southward, shots were fired at the three and they stopped, escaped their vehicle, and were caught after being chased on foot near Pora. Their vehicle has been confiscated as part of the investigation, and the suspects will be brought to the Ashkelon Magistrates Court for an extension of their arrest.

Upon completion of the police investigation, the necessary evidence had been compiled to indict the central suspect, age 26, for suspected assault, attempted kidnapping, and robbery.

Earlier this week, the Prosecutor's Office filed a statement against the suspect, and on Thursday police are expected to file an indictment, as well as a request that the suspect remain under arrest until the completion of legal proceedings against him.

Two other suspects are still under investigation. All three Bedouin Arabs are residents of Laqiya, and between the ages of 19-26.

"The two additional suspects are under house arrest, and the criminal process against them is ongoing," Israel Police said.