A resident of the West Bank town of Ateret was able to chase down and arrest two Palestinian youths who had just thrown stones at his car, Israel’s NRG reported.
The resident, “Y” was traveling last week on the road between Ateret and Neve Tzuf that traverses the Binyamin region. He noticed two young men on the side of the road, who then began throwing stones at the car in which he was driving with his wife.
Y said that after he identified the stone-throwers, he acted instinctively and stopped at the side of the road, pulled out his weapon and pursued the two. After a chase that lasted only a few meters, he caught up with the youths and subdued them. Immediately afterwards, he called in Israeli military forces who came to take away the two men and transfer them to police custody.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the two were adults. They admitted to the act and will be held until the end of court proceedings. Police officials said that the “two Palestinians were arrested by the resident of Ateret after stones were thrown at his car while driving on the road between Ateret and Neve Tzuf. The citizen, Y, pursued the two immediately, stopped them, and reported them to the army. The two were arrested, and the case will be transferred to the prosecution for further investigation, and examining the possibility of an indictment.”
The locale in which the event occurred is considered troubled, and in recent weeks a number of terrorist events have occurred in that area, according to the report. Almost daily, stone-throwing attacks are carried out in the region against Israeli vehicles. At the settlement of Neve Tzuf pipe bombs were thrown, and shooting attacks were attempted and carried out. Residents of Jewish settlements in the area have established guard shifts on the roads to prevent and disrupt enemy activities.
Two weeks ago, the IDF and Shin Bet arrested a terrorist cell in the Palestinian village of Beit Rima. The cell members had carried out shooting attacks against vehicles traveling in the area on the roads to Binyamin. In addition, the group was involved in terrorist activities that included stone throwing and Molotov cocktail and pipe bomb attacks. In the course of the investigation, Shin Bet investigators discovered the four guns with which the attacks were carried out. The cell members admitted to interrogators that they had planned to carry out other attacks, including against military targets, stabbings of soldiers and kidnappings.