Police arrest Kelapa Gading motorcycle thieves who confessed to raping victim

The suspects in the motorcycle theft and rape case in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Photo: Humas Polda Metro Jaya
The suspects in the motorcycle theft and rape case in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. Photo: Humas Polda Metro Jaya

The Kelapa Gading Police on Sunday arrested two men, identified by their initials DJS and BSJ, for motorcycle theft and rape.

According to the police, on Saturday, a couple, identified by their initials BSN and MT, were riding a motorcycle when they were randomly approached by the suspects. DJS and BSJ who pretended to know BSN and falsely accused him of going out with a woman behind his wife’s back.

“There is no [wife]. The suspects made it like they knew the victim, but it was a ruse to create panic [in the victims] and justify their threats and assaults [against BSN],” Kelapa Gading Police Chief Martua Silitonga told the press yesterday, as quoted by Kompas.

A terrified MT then got off the motorcycle and ran away on foot, only to be pursued by DJS, who was driving a motorcycle. BSN got off his motorcycle to run after his girlfriend, while BSJ took the opportunity to steal BSN’s motorcycle and drive away with it.

Unfortunately, DJS managed to grab MT and take her to his house in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, where both he and BSJ raped her, as per their confession to the police.

“After the rape, DJS drove the victim back to her home but threatened her not to tell anyone,” Martua said.

Police arrested both DJS and BSJ in their homes on Sunday, and it turned out that they had both been incarcerated for street crimes in the past. DJS was released from prison in December 2016 while BSJ was released from prison last month.

The police charged DJS and BSJ with violent theft and rape and they could each face 12 years in prison.

Motorcycle theft is quite common in Jakarta and its neighboring cities, with some culprits being part of violent street gangs who end up killing their victims. Last month, after a spate of violent muggings, the Jakarta Police issued a directive for officers to kill thieves on sight if they present “any resistance” during capture. International NGO Human Rights Watch has denounced the policy, warning that it could lead to more summary executions by police, similar to what has taken place in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte’s harsh drug war.



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