Attack on SCTV Building Not a Terrorist Act: Jakarta Police
Jakarta Police said on Sunday that a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at the office building of private broadcaster SCTV was not a terrorist and the crime was not being treated as an act of terrorism.
On Saturday afternoon, 30-year-old Budiyanto allegedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at the entrance of the SCTV building in Senayan, South Jakarta.
Police believe two men on a motorcycle rode up to the SCTV building at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the passenger hurled a Molotov cocktail at the building, destroying a window on the second floor.
Security guards at the location chased after the men and managed to capture one of the suspects, Budiyanto.
Jakarta Police spokesman Rikwanto said on Sunday that officers had searched Budiyanto’s house in Pondok Labu, South Jakarta, but did not find any items that would point to the suspect being involved in a terrorist network.
Rikwanto added that Budiyanto’s parents said he had been under a lot of stress lately.
“His father Umijo said that he was under a lot of stress since he was fired from his job as a laborer at Tanjung Priok Port,” he said. “He was absent from work a lot because his mother is frequently ill. Umijo also told us that Budiyanto was often angry and would beat both his parents.”
Rikwanto added that neighbors had once forced Budiyanto to leave the area because of his anger issues and had urged him to seek professional help.
Budiyanto’s parent have both been questioned by police.
“Investigators will also carry out a psychological evaluation of the suspect,” Rikwanto said. “There are no clear motives at this stage for why he threw the incendiary device as the suspect is not speaking.”
Police will also speak to four witnesses regarding the incident.