Jakarta Police have arrested the fifth suspect wanted for the robbery and attempted rape of a woman on a public minivan, or angkot, last month.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto said on Friday that the suspect was arrested the previous day in the Mayestik area of South Jakarta.
“The suspect was caught by the Central Jakarta Police on Thursday morning,” Rikwanto said. “With his arrest, we now have all five suspects in custody.
“It appears that this last suspect was the one who turned off the lights in the angkot and was involved in groping the victim.”
The suspect was among a group of four male passengers in the C01 angkot, serving the Ciledug-Kebayoran Lama route, who along with the 16-year-old driver were alleged to have tried to rape a lone female passenger.
The incident occurred shortly after the victim boarded the vehicle in the Semanggi area at around 11 p.m. on July 23.
The woman said she started to worry when the driver started asking her strange questions. She became even more worried when the vehicle headed to Lapangan Banteng instead of Harmoni. Suddenly, the lights inside the vehicle were turned off and the men in the back attacked her.
“When we were near the Pertamina office intersection, the angkot slowed down and the lights went out,” she said, according to state news agency Antara. “They closed the door and the windows, so I started shouting.”
Army special forces Sgt. Nicholas Sandi was driving by with his girlfriend and heard the screams. He followed the angkot on his motorcycle and ordered the driver to stop.
Seeing that they wouldn’t be able to escape, the angkot driver and his accomplices pushed the victim out of the minivan.
Nicholas’s girlfriend helped the victim while he continued the chase. He detained the driver while the others escaped with the victim’s cellphone.
The attack was the latest in a string of violent crimes targeting female passengers on angkots in the Jakarta area.