Police today arrested a man who was caught on film assaulting a truck driver in North Jakarta, the video of which circulated widely online over the weekend.
The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Sunter, during which the suspect — identified as 39-year-old O — stopped his Pajero Sport SUV in front of a green truck. He then got out of his car and climbed up to the truck’s right door, while cursing and swinging what appeared to be a club multiple times at the driver.
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O then got down from the truck and returned to his car to park it on the roadside, before going back to the truck and hitting the windshield until it shattered. A clip also showed a man in a camo t-shirt calling on others to help diffuse the situation, with O allegedly driving away after making a scene on the busy street.
The incident was filmed by passersby, clips of which have since made their rounds on social media.
O, who had briefly escaped to East Java, was apprehended at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport this morning after arriving from Surabaya.
Police also said that O’s car plate — which features the letters QH that is exclusively used by high-ranked police officers in Indonesia — was a fake.
Jakarta Metro Police Spokesman Yusri Yunus confirmed that both O and the man in the camo t-shirt are not members of the police nor the military, adding that the latter merely wanted to help diffuse the road rage incident.
In a video uploaded to North Jakarta Police’s Instagram page, O said that he assaulted the truck driver because was “provoked” by the trucker allegedly driving too close to his car and honking at him.
“Because [the trucker] almost harmed me and my family,” O said, while adding that the truck didn’t actually hit his car.
O has since been charged with multiple violations, including assault, falsification of vehicle documents, and vandalism, which could see him imprisoned for up to six years.