An Indonesian teenager was saved from rape after a colony of ants started biting a man who had forced her into the bushes.
The incident took place in Sukamaju in the central Indonesian province of South Sulawesi on January 19, after suspect Toni Irawan asked to take the young girl out for a drive.
When they arrived in a neighbouring village, 29-year-old Irawan allegedly asked the 16-year-old for sex.
The student, identified by her initials A.S., refused and tried to flee the suspect’s vehicle, but he caught up with her and dragged her back to the car.
The suspect Toni Irawan (centre) is accused of trying to rape a 16-year-old girl, who managed to escape after ants began biting him
According to local media, Irawan then stopped at another village on their way home, saying he wanted to ‘wash the car’.
This time he forced himself on the girl, dragging her into some nearby bushes and throwing her to the ground.
Reports said that just as he was about to rape the girl, they were both suddenly bitten by a colony of black ants.
In the confusion, the teenager managed to get up and run to nearby houses to call for help.
Sukamaju police chief Iptu Alimin Pammu told local media that Irawan has since been arrested and is currently on remand as the investigation continues.
If found guilty, he faces between three and 15 years in prison.
The incident took place in Sukamaju in the central Indonesian province of South Sulawesi on January 19