Four south Tel Aviv residents were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assaulting and robbing African migrants in recent months.
Two police stations in south Tel Aviv had been receiving similar-sounding complaints from African migrants over the past several months, with the migrants saying they had been attacked by a gang of young men.
In some cases the attackers portrayed themselves as policemen, or other law enforcement officials, and demanded to see the victims’ identifying documents. In most of the cases the victims were brutally beaten - in one case a complainant was stabbed – and the victims robbed. The property stolen included bicycles, money, cell phones and other items.
When police realized there was a pattern to the attacks and that the description of the attackers was identical in many of the cases, the investigation was transferred to a special team, set up by the Yiftah District Police, that conducted an undercover investigation.
The four members of the gang were identified and arrested. All were shown the hard evidence against them. Two confessed to the crimes. Two did not.