Jakarta. A Lamborghini driver was detained after he opened fire and threatened two high school students using his gun in a Jakarta road rage, police said on Tuesday.
The suspect, identified by initials A.M., was angered by the students’ remarks about his car as he drove through the Kemang elite residential area in South Jakarta on Saturday afternoon, Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Yusri Yunus said.
The two students reportedly said “A car of the boss” as the Lamborghini passed near them. A.M. was not happy with the remarks and he got out of his car and called the students to come to him for an apology.
As his call went unanswered, he fired his gun into the air, Yusri said. The two teenagers kept walking and A.M. opened fire for the second time, he said.
"The suspect has told us he was angered by the teenagers’ words so he opened fire,” Yusri told reporters.
The students were then asked to squat at gunpoint but they refused, prompting A.M. to open fire again.
“So he shot into the air three times,” Yusri said.
Parents of the students, whose names were not disclosed, have lodged a complaint with the South Jakarta Police.
A.M., 44, was arrested for making a violent threat at his home in Kemang on Monday night. He could face 32 months in prison if convicted.
Police seized the Lamborghini’s vehicle registration certificate (STNK), a vehicle license plate, a pistol and nine bullets form the suspect. They also have retrieved three bullet shells from the crime scene as evidence.
Yusri said the suspect held a license from the Indonesian Shooting Association (Perbakin) for his Beretta .32 pocket pistol used in the crime.
As the suspect was in police custody, his younger brother took the Lamborghini to the street and hit a barrier on Jalan Sudirman on Tuesday, severely damaging the supercar’s nose.
South Jakarta Police’s detective unit head Deputy Comr. Andi Sinjaya Ghalib said his team had previously delayed seizing the car because they focused on capturing the suspect.
“During the arrest, we already told the suspect that his car would be confiscated,” Andi said, adding the car keys had been taken by police. But the brother somehow managed to get the car out of the house.
“We don’t know yet if he attempted to conceal the evidence,” Andi said.
“We could trace identity of the suspect because of this car, which had been used in a crime,” he said.
The broken Lamborghini was eventually towed to the South Jakarta Police station.