Two Australians beat and robbed by group in Seminyak, motive unclear: Police

Seminyak, Bali. Photo: Maxpixel
Seminyak, Bali. Photo: Maxpixel

Two Australian men were beaten up and robbed in Seminyak in the early hours of Friday. Police are looking for four suspects, including both Indonesians and foreigners.

Mohamad Said, 31 and Ahmed Elgammal, 28, were battered in front of Made’s Warung on Jl. Raya Seminyak, according to local reports.

The victims claim to have lost a decent stash of cash and three watches.

“The victims suffered bruising, wounds all over their bodies and one a fractured left hand. The perpetrators were allegedly local people and foreigners. The victims lost belongings and money,” Bali Post quoted an unidentified source as saying on Sunday.

The two victims had gotten into an argument with another tourist at the crime scene on Friday at 3:15am. The victims called a taxi to go back to their hotel, but things quickly heated up before Said and Elgammal could make it back to their hotel. 

“When the taxi arrived, the victims tried to get into the taxi. But the perpetrators continued to attack. There’s even information that the perpetrator was carrying a hammer and a wheel lock. After, the victim became helpless and the perpetrator immediately ran way,” Bali Post’s source said.

It’s been alleged by another local outlet that the victims and tourist they were arguing with were drunk at the time of the altercation.

As a result of the incident, Said suffered open wounds on his head, arm, hand, and a broken bone on his hand. Elgammal suffered bruises on his cheek and a swollen knee. In addition, the victims report having lost two bags, three watches, and IDR14 million (US$945).

“From the reports we received, the perpetrators were foreigners and local people too. We are still investigating this case,” Kuta Police Investigation Unit Insp. Putu Ika Prabawa said.

The motive behind the beating and robbery remains unclear at the moment, says Prabawa. However, the police inspector did say that police suspect that the loss of the goods and money of the victims did not happen at the time of the beating.

In a similar incident, Hartati Lubis, 24, claims to have been assailed by three unknown men on Saturday at 12:30am at a nightclub on Jl. Legian, according to Prabawa.

Lubis told police that he was enjoying the club when suddenly, he was pulled by the hair and hit in the face and mouth many times. Lubis reportedly suffered a split lip and broken teeth, as well as inflammation in his cheeks, eyes, pain in the head, and bruising on his left leg.

“This case was reported to Denpasar Police,” Prabawa confirmed.

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