Police Hunt Metromini Ticket Collector After Brimob Murder i

A Metromini bus is parked on the side of a road in Pondok Kopi, East Jakarta in this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 6:10 PM October 31, 2013
Category : News, Crime, Featured

Many of the city's public transport drivers are minors. (JG Photo/Safir Makki) Police are searching for the driver and ticket-collector of a metromini bus after a Brimob officer was fatally stabbed. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)

Police are searching for a Metromini bus ticket collector after a member of the police's mobile brigade (Brimob) was stabbed in South Jakarta on Sunday night.

"His initials are A. K., he's the ticket collector and the sole perpetrator," National Police spokesman Rikwanto said on Thursday. "We're also looking for the driver, M.... who witnessed the incident. We hope we can find them soon."

Police said Brig. M. Syarif Mappa was stabbed after quarreling with the man on board a bus serving the S64 route, which connects Cililitan in East Jakarta and Pasar Minggu in the city's south.

Rikwanto said the incident took place on Jalan Raya Tanjung Barat in Pasar Minggu near midnight on Sunday. Syarif had just met with two relatives of his, identified only as A. M. and A. P., who were later arrested over crystal meth possession. Rikwanto said Syarief had not taken crystal meth that night.

Eyewitnesses said Syarif was involved in a quarrel with the bus ticket collector not long after he boarded the public minibus. It was not immediately clear what the fight was about, but the Metromini then stopped, and Syarif and A. M. got off the vehicle.

"And then there were a chase and physical fight," Rikwanto said. "Next, the victim was stabbed."

A. K. immediately fled, while Syarif stumbled before collapsing on a sidewalk.

"He asked some people for the location of the [nearest] police station," Rikwanto said. "Then he walked 10 meters, fell and died."

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