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27 October 2009 :: 13:10:40 pm 8564

Abductor-Car Thieves Caught Swiftly Due To Public Response

Pattaya, 27 October 2009, [PDN]: Pattaya police announced to the press on 26 October that the three-member gang involved in the abduction of two young ladies had been swiftly apprehended, largely due to public response. Apart from abducting, raping one of them and then abandoning the two victims near Siam Country Club Road, the two male thieves had also stolen the new Honda Jazz belonging to one of the victims.
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As PDN reported on Sunday, 25 October, a Miss Patcharee Nahmracha, a university student, had gone to Tuk-Com Computer City, South Pattaya, with a friend, to have her computer repaired. Having deposited the computer and returned to their car, parked on the 3rd floor of the adjacent car park, the two young ladies were just about to get into the car, when they had been approached by two apparently armed men, who had taken the ignition key and Miss Patcharee’s mobile phone, and bundled the victims into the back seat of the car.

After that the two men had driven the two abductees off down Siam Country Club Road. One of the men had apparently kept the victims pinned down by threatening them with his gun, which later turned out to be fake. Some time later, he had phoned a person presumed to be the female gang-leader, due to the term ‘jeh’, used to designate a female boss, after which, he had apparently taken the SIM card out of the phone and given the card back to Miss Patcharee. The two victims were then let out of the car and dumped near the Sit Yod Thong Boxing Training Centre. Later that day, Miss Patcharee reported the incident to police.

The police then duly examined both the Computer City car park and the Siam Country Club Road area in the vicinity where the victims were allegedly dumped, but found no evidence. Initially, the police were apparently suspicious about several key elements in Miss Patcharee’s account, perhaps believing that there was some form of scam involved, though it must be pointed out that this is merely supposition as the police did not divulge the nature of their suspicions.

However, at 11.30 am, on Monday, 26 October, Pol.Lt.Col. Sooktat Poompanmoung, Chonburi Deputy Superintendent and Pol.Lt.Col. Chaigrit Tong-in, Pattaya Police Investigator, announced to the press that the three alleged perpetrators of the abduction-car theft had been arrested and detained in a joint Chonburi-Pattaya police operation. The two initially arrested were named as Weerayut Kemdee, [23] and Miss Pornjira Pongsanit, [22] his 7-month pregnant girlfriend. Pol.Col. Tanet Pin ngahm meung, Chonburi Police Superintendent further told the press that, in response to a number of reports from concerned members of the public who had seen accounts of the incident in the newspapers, and recognised the description of the young woman’s stolen car, an armed, plain-clothed police snatch team had raided the offenders’ ramshackle house in Nongprue, where the car was parked outside.

Miss Pornjira was in the vicinity of the house when the snatch team arrived and then swooped on a somewhat shocked, half-asleep Mr. Weerayut. Initially, he confessed to the car robbery and abduction, showing the police where he kept the evidence, the mobile phone and the car number plate, which had been taken off.

Police then searched the car and found several belongings of the victims. From Weerayut , police leant the location of their accomplice, Mr. Punya Kayun Ngahn Dee, 24, at Soi mab Tah Toe, Nongprue, who was subsequently arrested. The three guilty parties were then taken for further questioning to the police station.

From Mr. Weerayut’s confession, it emerges that on Sunday, his girlfriend, Miss Pornjira, had driven the two male accomplices to Tuk Com Computer City Centre, where they had lain in wait for suitable victims. Weerayut admitted having abducting the two young ladies and also having raped Miss Patcharee, in the Mabrachan area, before dumping the pair.

Weerayut also admitted having stolen a Mitsubishi pickup truck in Soi 999, Moo. 5 Naklua, three months ago, which he had sold to a second party in Pong village for Bt100,000. In addition, he also admitted to have been involved in numerous house robberies.

Police were encouraged by the swift public response which largely helped in the apprehension of the three accomplices in the record time of 15 hours. They are continuing their investigations, suspecting that this is part of a large gang operation.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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