21-year-old charged for stabbing teen last month

Prosecutors charged the suspect in the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Baruch Anvia that occurred in Rehovot last month. “The decision to file manslaughter charges was brought forth after reviewing the evidence and from a legal standpoint,” said the prosecutor, explaining why manslaughter was the decided charge.
Baruch Anvia was fatally stabbed last month Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Today (Monday), charges were filed against 21-year-old Gavihu Tanga, who according to the Israel Police, fatally stabbed 18-year-old Baruch Anvia during an altercation in Rehovot last month. The formal charges outline that the altercation started with an argument between the deceased, his friend and two young women, one being the defendant’s girlfriend.

The charges brought against Tanga that were filed in the Central District’s criminal court are manslaughter and obstruction of justice. “The defendant and the victim knew each other and both lived in the neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe in Rehovot,” prosecutor Keren Levy wrote in the indictment.

Yesterday, the police announced the end of the investigation and passed the case along to the prosecutor who decided to file charges with the courts. The stabbing took place on October 20th at around 3:00 AM. The prosecutor claims that the Tanga was armed with a kitchen knife. The argument between the deceased and his friend erupted into a violent altercation. According to the indictment, “the defendant intervened and stabbed Anvia multiple times.”

Anvia was fatally stabbed in the community center plaza. “Immediately afterwards, the defendant took a rock, returned to where the victim lay and threw it at him before fleeing the scene,” read the indictment. Avnia died of his wounds shortly after being evacuated to the hospital. Tanga got rid of the knife and fled the scene, yet was arrested in Petah Tikva by the Israel Police two days later. He confessed to the charges against him.

The Central District Prosecution’s Office stated: “The decision to file manslaughter charges was brought forth after reviewing the evidence and from a legal standpoint that is in accordance with the evidence in this case. The family [of the victim] was informed about the indictment.”

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