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Jakarta Post

Churchgoer robbed after attending Christmas service

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 25, 2018   /   08:59 pm
Churchgoer robbed after attending Christmas service An attempted robbery of a churchgoer in West Jakarta was thwarted on Monday after the victim strongly defended her handbag from the alleged snatcher. (Shutterstock/File)

The Tambora police have arrested AR, 32, accused of robbing churchgoer Ratna Wati, 37, after the latter attended a Christmas service at GPT Ghosen church in Angke, Tambora, West Jakarta, on Monday night.

Tambora Police chief Comr. Iverson Manossah said the suspect tried to snatch Ratna’s handbag when the victim was walking with her husband to their parked car near the church.

The suspect came driving a motorcycle with his partner and tried to snatch the victim’s handbag, facing strong resistance from Ratna.

The suspect fell during the struggle and tried to run away, then a chase between the suspect and the victim occurred.

 “During the chase, one of the suspects was arrested by the police,” he said.

He said the police were currently interrogating the arrested suspect.

The police confiscated the victim’s red Anello handbag and some cash as evidence.

The suspect is charged under Article 365 of the Criminal Code on violent robbery and may face a seven-year prison term. (ami)