Jakarta. Six people suffocated to death while being held hostage by an alleged robber in a house on Jalan Pulomas Utara in Pulo Gadung, East Jakarta, on Tuesday morning (27/12).
They were part of a group of 11 hostages who were locked up in a small bathroom, which resulted in them dying of oxygen deprivation.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono confirmed the incident after two people, Sheila Putri and Evan Sandrego Pratama Putra, reported it to the Kayu Putih police station at around 09.25.
When the police reached the crime scene, six people were reportedly already dead.
The six victims were identified as Dodi Triono, Diona Arika Andra, Denianita Gemma Dzalfyla, Amel, Yanto and Tasrok.
"Those who survived are Emi, Zanette, Santi, Fitriani and Windi," Argo told Beritasatu.com.
The five survivors were taken to hospital.
"The hostages were crammed into a 1.5 meter x 1.5-meter bathroom, which was locked from the outside. Some of them possibly died because they ran out of oxygen," Argo said.
Police are still investigating the incident and looking for the suspect.