Police Arrest Suspect in Psagot Stabbing

YERUSHALAYIM -

Security forces have arrested a suspect in the knifing of a nine-year-old Jewish girl, Noam Glick, in Psagot on October 5, according to media reports.

Police announced Monday that the main suspect in the case is Abdallah Abu Kabita, 21, of El Bireh. A second suspect is Shibli Karan, 19, an accomplice.

Abu Kabita told investigators that he had planned to break into a home in Psagot in order to steal a gun in order to settle a personal quarrel.

He arrived at Psagot several days before the actual attack, accompanied by Shibli, cut the fence and approached a home, but fled when he saw a car driving nearby.

On October 5, he set out to Psagot again — this time, alone. He entered through the same hole in the fence and headed toward the house closest to the fence, but then encountered Noam Glick, who was walking home. He stabbed the girl and escaped toward Ramallah.

Police say they still have not determined whether the attack was nationalistically or criminally motivated.

Glick was treated for a wound in her neck at Shaarei Zedek hospital. It was initially described as a serious injury to her neck, but the injury turned out to be less serious than was originally believed and, b’chasdei Shamayim, she quickly made a full recovery and returned home.