Fri, 25 Feb 2000

Police search for two men over Rp 100m armed robbery

JAKARTA (JP): Central Jakarta Police detectives are on the lookout for two men who allegedly shot a driver of a Honda Civic and stole Rp 100 million (US$13,400) from the car's owner on Jl. Dukuh Golf in Kemayoran.

Central Jakarta Police chief Col. Timur Pradopo identified Thursday's shooting victim as Edwin Yudha Wardana, 35, the driver of the car who resides on Jl. Bendungan Jago in Serdang, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The woman owner of the car, Lim Lim Min, 30, lives on Jl. Griya Elok, Sunter, North Jakarta.

"We have collected two projectiles and two bullet shells from the crime scene. They have been sent to the National Police forensic laboratory for examination.

"We also seized the victim's car as evidence," Timur said on Thursday.

He said Lim had withdrawn the money from the Bank Central Asia Griya Elok branch in Podomoro and was going to deposit it at a bank in Mangga Dua, West Jakarta.

"When the victims reached the area where the crime happened, the suspects drove their motorcycle very close to the car, almost hitting it, which made the driver get out of the car," Timur said.

"When the driver got out, he was shot in the arm. This made the woman also get out of the car, at which the suspects just robbed the woman of two black bags containing the money."

The driver was immediately driven to Mitra Hospital in Kemayoran.

Two witnesses to the crime, identified as Nita, 32, of Pluit, North Jakarta, and Yanti, 28, also of North Jakarta, have also been questioned.

Earlier on Thursday, a Tanjung Priok Police officer shot a man allegedly in the act of stealing on Jl. R.E. Martadinata at 8:30 a.m., North Jakarta Police chief Col. Wisjnu Amat Sastro said.

"The thief, identified as Melki, is a longtime player. He often robbed people by threatening them with a sickle," Wisjnu said.

"He died on the way to Kramatjati Police Hospital in East Jakarta. Police have taken into custody one of his friends, Ahmad Solehuddin, who is also suspected of theft." (ylt)