The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police have arrested two alleged gang members, known as J and HS, who are suspected of robbing bus passengers at Pulogadung terminal in East Jakarta.
Eight others are on the police’s most-wanted list.
Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said Wednesday’s arrest came after the police received repeated complaints about robberies at the terminal.
A victim, Ismail, said he was robbed on March 28 after he had stepped off a Transjakarta bus and was about to transfer to another one. He added that a robber suddenly appeared out of nowhere, choked him and threatened him with a knife.
Ismail said eight more people threatened him and he had no choice but to follow their instructions.
“One of them took the victim’s mobile phone from his left front pocket, while another suspect took a wallet from his right back pocket,” Argo said.
After arresting J and HS, the police confiscated an ID, knife and red wallet.
Based on the police’s investigation, Argo said the gang was called the “Sumatra gang” and was known to commit crimes in a group.
“The gang consists of 10 members and they target bus passengers at the Pulogadung bus terminal,” he added.
The police said each gang member had a specific job such as blocking the victim’s way, taking the victim’s belongings, monitoring the surroundings and threatening the victim.
J and HS are being charged under Article 365 of the Criminal Code on theft with violence, which carries a maximum sentence of nine years in prison. (vla)