This video shows a failed robbery attempt in Indonesia
A video that has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook alongside a claim that it shows an unsuccessful robbery attempt in Penang, a state in Malaysia. The claim is false; the video shows a failed robbery attempt in Indonesia.
The video was published on Facebook here on December 19, 2020. It has since been shared more than 1,200 times.
The one-minute, 39-second video shows a person wearing a bicycle helmet walking along an open ditch being pelted with stones and struck by a long stick before eventually falling down.
The post’s simplified Chinese caption reads: “It happened in Penang, he fell into a ditch after an unsuccessful robbery and was attacked by people”.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search with video keyframes following by a keyword search on Google found that the video was published here on the Facebook page of Indonesian news site Jurnal Pantura on December 19, 2020.
The video’s Indonesian-language caption partly reads: “A suspected robber became a target of the residents’ wrath after he fell into a waterway”.
It adds that the footage was taken at “Grand Duta, Gebang Raya sub-district, Periuk district, Tangerang city, on Thursday afternoon, December 17, 2020.”
Periuk is a district in Tangerang, a city in the Indonesian province of Banten.
Indonesian police also released a statement here on December 20, 2020, saying that the incident happened at a residential neighborhood in Periuk and that the suspect, who tried to rob a woman, was later handed over to police.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the video from the misleading post (L) and the video posted by Jurnal Pantura (R):