While in police custody, Kruger allegedly admitted to having stabbed the victim twice, later telling a magistrate that he was seeking "to defend himself," said the prosecutor, according to L'Express.
He is being held on a preliminary charge of aggravated murder, according to the prosecutor. It was not immediately clear whether Kruger had obtained an attorney or made a plea to the charge.
The victim's LinkedIn profile said she taught French at the Jakarta Intercultural School, and had lived in Jakarta since 2015 after previously living in Shanghai, Cairo and Hawaii. Her "whole life has been a succession of adventures around the world," her brother wrote.
According to the AP, the suspect originally was from Brooklyn.
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