Grab Driver Arrested After Alleged Blackmail Attempt
A driver for ride-sharing app Grab has been arrested after an alleged attempt to blackmail passengers with an ‘immoral’ video captured during a ride.
South Tangerang Police said the driver, identified by his initials RA, demanded the couple pay him or he would circulate the video, which some reports have said showed the pair kissing in the back seat of the vehicle, made with an on-board camera.
“The two victims used the services of the driver on July 29 at 1:30 p.m. to go from Sekolah Tinggi Perikanan to Pondok Rumput, Bogor,” South Tangerang Police Crime Investigation Unit Head Ahmad Alexander said Sunday, August 20, as quoted by Kompas.
Police said the suspect threatened the pair after arriving in Bogor. Initially, the alleged victims handed over Rp. 50,000 (US$3.75) but RA continued to make threats via the phone, eventually demanding Rp.1.5 million (US$112).
The riders reported RA to the police, who made the arrest in a sting operation after the victims arranged a meeting with RA.
The driver faces up to nine years in prison on blackmail charges.