Grab Driver Ar­rested After Al­leged Black­mail At­tempt

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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.

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