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Female 'ojek' driver fights off robbers in Bekasi

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 30, 2020   /   05:26 pm
Female 'ojek' driver fights off robbers in Bekasi She chases after both the fleeing motorcycle and her attacker, who can be seen running away. (Shutterstock.com/Cat Box)

A female app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver has wowed netizens after CCTV footage of her fighting off two men who were trying to rob her went viral on social media.

Dwi Wulan Meilani, 32, was reportedly dropping off a food order at a Bekasi housing complex in West Java at 3 a.m. on Sunday when the incident occurred.

The CCTV footage shows her riding her motorcycle on a quiet road when two men, also on a motorbike, approach her from behind. One points a sickle at her and tries to grab hold of one of her handlebars but fails. He then pushes her and she falls to the ground.

Leaping off the back of his bike, the robber rushes over to Dwi and snatches her smartphone from her hand. But she quickly gets up, runs after him, grabs on to his jacket and pulls him down to the ground before he can get back on his vehicle.

His accomplice remains on the bike, likely shocked and confused, watching the entire scene unfold.

Dwi and the robber grapple on the ground. He desperately tries to get away but she latches on to his jacket — which he decides to discard in order to make his escape.

Nevertheless, she persisted.

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She chases after both the fleeing motorcycle and her attacker, who can be seen running away, leaving only his jacket behind.

In the fray, Dwi managed to get back her smartphone — along with the robber’s sickle.

“I just grabbed the sickle. And then I screamed and some young men came to help,” Dwi said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

Dwi asked the young men to chase the robbers but had already fled the scene.

Meanwhile, Babelan Police chief Comr. Ramses Sitinjak said his officers would do everything they could to track down the perpetrators and the CCTV recording had been secured as evidence.

He added that Dwi had decided against filing an official report about the incident because she had not been injured nor had she lost any of her belongings.

“She said she was fine, so she didn’t file a report. However, we will investigate the attempted robbery as it has become viral.” (aly)