The police couldn't find Shimon Gabai inside the haredi communities where he was hiding, sheltered by community members.
So, the father of the abused boys, one still in a coma that is reported to be a persistent vegetative state, did it himself, as...
...Jonathan Lis of Ha'aretz reports:
The father of the Jerusalem children subjected to horrific abuse succeeded yesterday in locating Shimon Gabai, one of the main suspects in the case, who had eluded police for the past few weeks.
The father, whose name cannot be published, decided to help the police find all of the fugitive suspects, who are thought to have followed Rabbi Elior Chen's directives for "correcting" children. Chen fled to Canada when the case broke.
Early yesterday morning, the father contacted a Jerusalem detective, Motti Edri, and informed him that he had found the suspect, who was with him. They agreed on a meeting place, where the suspect turned himself in to the police.
Gabai had apparently received a beating from the children's father, and had a blood-soaked handkerchief covering his eye yesterday at the police station and courthouse, where his remand was extended by seven days.
Police detectives had had trouble locating Gabai. Even though his name and photograph were published in the media, and even though a person who had been staying with him was questioned at length by the police, all efforts to find him were in vain.
The father informed police several days ago that he had tracked Gabai down to a house in the city of Elad, but the suspect had fled by the time police arrived there.
In his interrogation yesterday, Gabai admitted he knew the other people arrested in the case, and that he had been in the places where the abuse took place, but did not confess to commiting the acts themselves.
Detective Malchiel Hatab told the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court that according to the statements gathered from the children and the other suspects in the case, Gabai caused burns on the children's bodies using cigarette lighters and heaters, hit them with hammers, and shook them to the point of unconsciousness. He allegedly also forced them to drink alcoholic beverages.
Gabai is suspected of involvement in the abuse of two boys, aged 3 and 5, which came to light three weeks ago. Police believe Gabai was in the apartment on the night the children were taken to the hospital, and took part in the assault.
The 3-year-old boy, who the police believe was abused by his mother and a male friend of hers, was declared in critical condition as a result, and his doctors are not optimistic about his regaining consciousness in view of the severe brain injuries he sustained. The older child's condition has greatly improved.