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Jakarta Post

Hostage-takers simply surrender, police say

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 3, 2016   /  05:03 pm
Hostage-takers simply surrender, police say Police officers escort one of two hostage-takers, who gave up after the house they had taken over in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, was surrounded by hundreds of police officers on Saturday morning. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

A pair of men who had taken a family of four hostage in their home in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, surrendered after hundreds of police officers surrounded the house on Saturday morning.

There was no need to use firearms as the two hostage-takers simply surrendered to overwhelming police force, said Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Moechgiyarto at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Saturday.

“The perpetrators had tried to create a scenario where there was nothing untoward in the house, ordering the members of the family to pretend that they were relatives of the family,” said Moechgiyarto as reported by a television station.

The two suspects are currently being detained in the Jakarta Police headquarters for further investigation.

The incident occurred at a house on Jl. Bukit Hijau, Pondok Pinang subdistrict, Kebayoran Lama. The house is owned by a former oil company executive.

In the incident, five people were taken hostage, a husband and wife and their two children, as well as a domestic worker. The servant managed to escape at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and raised the alarm.

Police are still investigating to motive of the incident but for the time being it is believed that the motive behind the hostage-taking was robbery, said Mochgiyarto, adding that the robbers were armed and had tried to hide the weapons but they were discovered by police officers. (bbn)

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