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Jakarta Post

Depok Police scold boy pretending to be 'tuyul' for YouTube

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 14, 2019   /   03:09 pm
Depok Police scold boy pretending to be 'tuyul' for YouTube A boy 13, is being reprimanded by Depok Police officers for pretending to be a 'tuyul' (mischievous child-like spirit) to prank residents in Beji, Depok, in West Java. (Depok Jaguar team via

The Depok Police’s Jaguar Team, a special unit dedicated to combating street crime, caught and reprimanded 13-year-old A at 2 a.m. on Saturday for dressing up as a tuyul (a mischievous child-like spirit) in Beji to scare local residents and film the prank for a YouTube channel.

A and his friends were caught in the act as they were filming.

“At first, A and three or four of friends were at the scene. His friends were 50 meters away from A, shooting him for a video,” said Jaguar Team chief First Insp. Winam Agus as quoted by

A was caught shirtless, wearing only short pants and his body covered in white powder.

When police officers approached him, he immediately ran away.

“He ran and crouched behind a bush to hide. But his body was all white and made him noticeable,” he added.

A confessed to the police that he had only wanted to make a video with his friends. The officers reprimanded him and told him to go home.

“We told him not to repeat such behavior. Some residents got out of their house to check on what was happening; we asked some of them to take A home,” Winam said. (vla)