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Robbery Suspect Foiled, Shot in Incident on Floor Below Eshkol Hotel Suite

A robbery suspect and a security guard wounded each other in a gun and knife duel in a 13th floor suite of Manhattan’s posh Plaza Hotel, just one floor below the suite occupied by Israeli Prime Minister and Mrs. Eshkol, late yesterday afternoon. The guard, Aaron Greenberg, was stabbed just below the heart. The suspect, Spencer Sands, received a bullet wound in the stomach.

The scuffle occurred in the suite of Manuel Espinosa Yglesias, president of the Banco de Comercio in Mexico City. The suspect forced his way in and held the banker’s wife at knife-point in what was believed to be an attempt at burglary. Security measures were tightened outside of Prime Minister Eshkol’s suite after the incident, although there was no indication that the intruder was aware of Mr. Eshkol’s presence in the hotel.