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Jakarta Post

Police arrest man suspected of stabbing newspaper crime reporter

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan   /   Wed, December 14, 2016   /  12:12 pm
Police arrest man suspected of stabbing newspaper crime reporter An illustration of a stabbing incident. (Shutterstock/-)

The Samarinda Police in East Kalimantan have arrested a man who allegedly attacked a crime reporter of a local newspaper last week, leaving the victim with multiple stab wounds.

The suspect was arrested on Jl. Damanhuri, Samarinda, on Tuesday evening by personnel of the North Samarinda Police precinct. He was shot in both legs for resisting arrest, the police claimed.

“The suspect tried to run away when our personnel surrounded him,” North Samarinda Police criminal investigation unit head Second Insp. Wawan Gunawan said on Wednesday.

(Read also: 'Kaltim Post' journalist stabbed)

Dwi Restu, 24, who works as a crime reporter for Balikpapan-based newspaper Kaltim Post, was found on Dec. 5 lying in his girlfriend’s room in Samarinda suffering from multiple stab wounds. He survived after undergoing an operation at a local hospital.

His girlfriend Sri Sulastri, 20, also suffered from wounds on her cheek and back apparently caused by a sharp weapon. Witnesses said that Dwi had been involved in a fight with a man in the room.

Wawan said the police were still investigating the motive behind the attack.

“As of now, we suspect that the victims were actually the wrong targets [of the attack],” he said. (hwa)

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