The Jakarta Police revealed on Sunday that they had arrested six men, suspected as perpetrators of the latest armed robberies in the last few months against bank customers in the capital.
The men were identified by their initials as AT, AT, DN, HR, YD and RIZ.
According to Jakarta Police detective chief Sr. Comr. ToniHermanto, the leader of the group, HR, was arrested by officers in Bali on Wednesday while on holiday with his wife.
Officers later managed to find the hideout of the rest of the members in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java),Palembang (South Sumatra) and Pekanbaru (Riau) and arrested them. RIZ, was shot dead when he tried to fight an officer trying to arrest him at his residential in Mediterania Apartment in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.
Toni said they were responsible for a string of robberies several days ago. However, the current investigation showed that they had committed their crimes from the beginning of this year.
“These robbers have been operating in 15 different places since January,” Toni said.
Two weeks ago, the group robbed three bank customers in three consecutive days.
On June 12, they took Rp 98 million (US$10,388) from an Indian national, Ahmed Abad Gujarat, after he had withdrawn the money from a branch of Bank BCA in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.
The next day, the group stole Rp100 million from a Bank Mandiri customer, Asri Muhammad Noer, after he had collected it from a branch of his bank in Jatinegara, East Jakarta. One of thugs shot Asri’s left hand.
On June 15, the group robbed Bambang Irianto and stole Rp 219 million in cash after he had withdrawn it from a Bank BCA branch on Jl. Ir. H Juanda III in Central Jakarta. (riz/swd)