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'He got mad': Man arrested for pointing gun at fellow motorist in C. Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 15, 2019   /   06:46 pm
'He got mad': Man arrested for pointing gun at fellow motorist in C. Jakarta Central Jakarta Police deputy chief Adj. Sr. Comr Arie Ardian (right) speaks to journalists during a press conference related to the arrest of a man who allegedly pointed a gun at another driver in the Gambir area in Central Jakarta. (Kompas.com/Riyana Aryadita)

A motorist was arrested on Saturday for allegedly pointed a gun at a driver of another car on Jl. Alaydrus in Gambir, Central Jakarta.

Investigators had been able to identify the motorist as Andi Wibowo from a video of the incident that had gone viral on social media.

According to Central Jakarta Police deputy chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Arie Ardian, Andi drove onto Jl. Alaydrus on Friday believing it was a one-way street. When he was blocked and forced to stop by an oncoming car, driven by a man named Oman, he refused to move or turn around and instead, got out of his car with a gun.

“[Andi] believed that it was a one-way street and [the other car] did not want to move. He got mad and got out of his car with a gun. He knocked on the window of Oman’s car and pointed the gun at him,” Arie said on Saturday as reported by kompas.com, adding that Jl. Alaydrus was actually a two-way street.

In response, Oman moved his car back and both drivers went on their separate way, Arie said.

Witnesses at the scene filmed the incident and uploaded their footage onto social media, which triggered a police investigation.

Andi told police after his arrest that he had never used his gun, a Walther, and it had been his first time carrying it.

Andi has been named a suspect and remains in police custody. His car and the gun were seized as evidence.

He could be charged under the 1951 Emergency Law on firearm usage or Article 335 of the Criminal Code.

“The penalty is 12 years’ imprisonment for the Emergency Law and for Article 335, he could face one year in prison,” Arie added. (bry)