Mon, 14 Feb 2000

Burglary suspect dies in cell

JAKARTA (JP): A burglary suspect died in a cell at Cilincing Police station in North Jakarta on Thursday evening after being beaten up by angry residents, a brother said on Friday.

"My brother Joni Umbara, 22, was caught by residents in Sukapura area, North Jakarta, on Thursday evening as he was accused of attempting to burgle a house," the brother, who refused to be named, told reporters.

Joni was then taken to Koja Hospital for treatment for serious injuries but later sent to the police station. He died a few hours later.

Joni's brother said he went to the area when he heard Joni was caught by residents, but was afraid to approach because the police had not arrived.

He said his brother went to visit his girlfriend's house in the area when local residents ran after him and yelled that he was a robber.

There was bruising on Joni's body and several facial wounds. His body was sent to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital's morgue. (06)