Police said they have arrested a 38-year-old man identified as Fahruddin after he allegedly robbed and strangled a Japanese woman in Denpasar on Monday. According to reports, the victim is still at the hospital for her injuries, after she jumped from the second floor of her apartment building in an attempt to escape the incident.
“He worked at a development project in front of the apartment building as a construction worker. The suspect was not armed [during the robbery],” Andi Fairan, who heads the general crimes unit at the Bali Police, told Detik earlier today.
According to Andi, Fahruddin has been stalking the victim, 38-year-old Mika Hasegawa, before committing the crime.
“The suspect knew her, has been stalking [her] prior,” Andi explained. “…The suspect followed her home and strangled her, but she was able to get away and then jumped down. Afterwards, [Fahruddin] took her stuff and ran away.”
Fahruddin was reportedly arrested at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, while he was on his way to escape to Medan, North Sumatra. Police also seized some Japanese yen, a gold necklace, mobile phones, as well as debit cards during the arrest.
Hasegawa was found on Monday morning by a staff at her apartment in Denpasar and was then rushed to the hospital. Hasegawa reportedly fractured her neck after jumping from the second floor, and is still undergoing treatment at the BIMC hospital in Kuta.