Yossi Gestetner Speaks to the FORWARD About Shomrim’s Response to Stark Murder

Via the Jewish Daily Forward

The murder itself was a thing of nightmares. A video released by the police  shows Stark being hustled into a waiting van at 11:45 p.m. January 2 by two  assailants. Police later found handcuffs and plastic ties discarded on the  ground at the site of the kidnapping.

Stark’s wife contacted a family friend when she realized her husband had not  come home. At 1:05 a.m. January 3, according to Yossi Gestetner, an Orthodox  activist who was in direct contact with people involved, that friend contacted  an acquaintance who is a member of the Shomrim, the local Orthodox security  patrol…

It does not appear that the Shomrim waited a substantial time before calling  the New York City Police Department, an issue that has been a point of friction  between the two organizations in the past. Gestetner said that the NYPD was  called by 2:00 a.m. Earlier press reports quoted police saying they were called  at 2:30 a.m. The NYPD would not tell the Forward when they were first  contacted.

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