A 26-year-old Pardes Chana resident has been charged with assault after he attacked Levi Bloi, a Chabad yeshiva student, on his way to a Tefillin stand in Tel Aviv last Friday.
After receiving a complaint about the unprovoked attack, which occurred while Bloi was strolling down the street, police launched an inquiry.
The culprit approached him and knocked him to the ground before fleeing the area without attempting to help him.
After a lengthy search, police apprehended the suspect near his home in Pardes Chana.
"פתאום הוא מופיע מולי, מטיח אותי לרצפה, ממלמל משהו לא ברור וממשיך בדרכו"
לוי בלוי, הנער החרדי שהותקף ברחובות תל אביב ל@tuchfeld: "אני יוצא כל יום שישי להניח תפילין, מעולם לא נפגשתי בדבר כזה. הלכנו ברחוב פתאום הוא מופיע מולי, מטיח אותי לריצפה, ממלמל משהו לא ברור, וממשיך בדרכו >> pic.twitter.com/dw45vvZ3i1
— גלי ישראל (@IsraelGaley) September 5, 2022
He was transported to the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court, and police have asked that he be kept until the legal proceedings are completed.
The police inquiry determined that the assault was criminal and that the student was not targeted expressly because he was chareidi, as previously claimed.
The suspect does not appear to be entirely sane and may be referred for mental treatment.
During the investigation, he claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to a police statement, “a complaint was received and is being investigated.”