Jakarta Police thwarted another rape attempt in a public minivan early Saturday morning, but were unable to apprehend the would-be rapist, police said.
Three officers, Second Adj. Insp. Pri Moses, Second Brig. Iswan M. and Brig. Bambang, were patrolling an area near the Halim toll gate at 3:30 a.m. Saturday when they reportedly noticed a suspicious angkot (public minivan) parked in a rest area.
“In a rest area before the Halim toll gate, they saw a parked M16 minivan serving the Pasar Minggu-Kampung Melayu route and became suspicious of the activities inside,” Jakarta Police official Adj. Sr. Comr. Sudarmanto told the Indonesian news portal kompas.com via text message on Saturday.
The driver reportedly saw the police and fled the scene. Police gave chase until minivan ran off the road and got stuck in a trench a short distance from the rest area.
“The driver fled the scene. And on the seat next to the driver’s seat was a woman who said her name was Y. She’s 39 years old,” Sudarmanto said.
The woman told the officers that the driver was about to rape her. She was escorted to the Jakarta Police headquarters to be questioned about the incident, before being taken home.
The would-be rapist is still at large.
In July, a member of the the Indonesian Army special force Kopassus foiled a previous rape attempt in an angkot. Five people were arrested in that case.
An 18-year-old university student was raped in an angkot in January. No arrests were made.