Footage from a CCTV camera that went viral has helped the police to track down two men who attempted to snatch an elderly woman’s purse in Bekasi municipality in West Java.
The video, uploaded by Instagram account @bekasi_24_jam, shows a woman walking by herself on a quiet street in a housing complex carrying a bag. She is then approached by two men on a moving motorcycle.
The passenger of the motorcycle is seen attempting to snatch the bag with force as the woman holds onto it. The robbery attempt, according to the video, causes her to lose her balance and fall but she manages to prevent her bag from being stolen.
The incident took place on Jl. Malabar at the Graha Indah housing complex in Jatiasih, Bekasi, on Wednesday. The victim, 67-year-old Lies Mariah, was walking by herself at noon after attending a Quran recital event.
The two alleged perpetrators, Fadiel Dimas Hakiki Kurniawan and Agato Kaudin, are both 18 years old.
“The incident took place at 12:30 p.m. The victim fell and suffered bruises on her left arm and fingers,” Jatiasih Police chief Cmr. Illi said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.
The police began searching for the perpetrators following reports of the viral video. Fadiel and Agato were arrested on Saturday in the parking lot of Centerpoint Apartment on Jl. Ahmad Yani.
During questioning, the two teenagers allegedly told the police that they had committed similar acts of thievery on five separate occasions.
The two faces charges under Article 365 of the Criminal Code on violent robbery with a penalty of at least nine years in prison. (das)