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Hostage-taker asks police to protect his wife: Police

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 6, 2016   /  04:59 pm
Hostage-taker asks police to protect his wife: Police Police officers escort one of two hostage-takers, who gave up after a standoff with police at a house in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, as hundreds of police officers surrounded the house last Saturday. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

One of the two men, who took four people hostage during a robbery in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta on Saturday, has demanded the police guarantee the safety of his wife, but the police yet do not know the reason behind his worries.

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Awi Setiyono said police investigators were still trying to extract information from AJS, one of the two hostage-takers, who gave up to police as hundreds of police officers surrounded the house of Asep Sulaiman, where four people were being held hostage.

“AJS is hiding something. He doesn’t want to tell the truth about what had happened. He also requested police to guarantee the safety of his wife. There must be something else behind this case,” Awi said at the Jakarta Police station on Tuesday, adding police will question AJS’s wife to reveal more about the case.

The police had detained AJS and another suspect AS, following the incident that ended after an eight-hour standoff in the upscale housing complex, south of the city.

“This drama ended in anticlimax because it began as a robbery, but during the crime, one of the robbers asked the maid to cook instant noodles. This is a mystery. We deem AJS as the mastermind of the crime,” Awi said.

The police will summon the Exxon Mobil Indonesia security chief on Thursday to confirm AJS’s claim that he had worked as security there and use to escort Asep. Awi said Asep denied that he knew AJS. However, AJS claimed that he had escorted Asep for five months. (bbn)

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