Police arrest man pretending to be doctor for alleged extortion, sexual harassment of passenger at Soekarno-Hatta Airport

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 in November 2019. <em>Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media</em>
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 in November 2019. Photo: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Police have arrested a man who allegedly pretended to be a doctor, and extorted and sexually harassed a female passenger at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in a case that has made national headlines this past week. 

The man, identified by his initials EF, was arrested in Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra earlier today, and promptly brought to Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police HQ as soon as he landed in Jakarta this afternoon. According to reports, he has been on the run since the case went viral last week. 

The alleged crimes were brought to light by the victim, identified by her initials LHI, who detailed EF’s misdeeds against her on a Twitter thread. LHI said the incident occurred as she was about to take a flight to North Sumatra’s Nias Island on Sept. 13 from Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s Terminal 3.

LHI said she was instructed to take a rapid test at the airport, claiming she was certain she would get a non-reactive result as she had not been in contact with anyone who was infected with the coronavirus. EF, who administered her rapid test, showed that her results were reactive, and later coaxed her into taking another rapid test, which she had to pay IDR150,000 (US$10) for, which EF said will be “doctored” to show a “good result” so that she can board her plane. 

Afterwards, as LHI was walking to the boarding room, EF chased her and took her to a more secluded area, where he asked her to give him more money for helping her out. This amounted to IDR1.4 million (US$94), which she transferred, after a brief negotiation. 

Screenshot of LHI's tweets that detailed EF's sexual harassment against her at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
Screenshot of LHI’s tweets that detailed EF’s sexual harassment against her at Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

LHI wrote on Twitter that not long after the transaction, EF pulled down her mask and attempted to kiss her lips. As she stood frozen, EF also groped her breasts and later followed her to the departure gate.

Alexander Yurikho, who heads Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police’s crime investigation unit, said on Wednesday that EF has yet to obtain a doctor’s license, though he had received a medical degree from a private university in North Sumatra.

EF has been charged with sexual assault, extortion, and fraud under Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP), which could see him imprisoned for up to nine years. According to reports, police are still looking for the possibility of more victims.

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