Pattaya Daily News

21 February 2013 :: 18:02:04 pm 72166

Clever Prisoners Cut Their Way To Freedom

Two prisoners escaped from the enclosed back of a police transport vehicle by picking the locks on their handcuffs, and using clippers to cut a hole in the roof. They fled the vehicle near soi Khao Talo. More than 100 officers with police dogs searched the jungle but did not find them.
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BANGLAMUNG – February 20, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: A report of two suspects escaping from an enclosed police transport vehicle was received by Pol. Col. Somnuek Janket, director of Nongprue police station. He reported to Pol. Maj. Gen Katcha Thatusart, commander of Chonburi provincial police, then went to search for the escapees with more than 50 police officers and police volunteers.

The two suspects had escaped from the police vehicle alongside the railway road, Pattaya inbound, Khao Talo, moo 10 , Nongprue, Banglamung. At the scene, officers found the red Nissan pickup truck modified to be a prisoner transport vehicle, with a jailed enclosure in the back.

Inside the parked Nissan were 8 other suspects charged with crimes. Waiting for the arriving officers was Pol. Maj. Capt. Winai Kidyorlaeh, vice suppression inspector, who had been driving the vehicle.

He showed Pol. Col. Somnuek where the roof of the pickup’s jail enclosure cell had been cut open with a heavy-duty scissors, enough to allow a person to squeeze through. Police also found a bent wire that might have been from a paper clip, which the two suspects had used to pick the locks on their handcuffs.

Pol. Maj. Capt. Winai said he was driving the pickup truck with the 10 suspects, who were being transported from the Nongprue and Banglamung police stations to the Pattaya provincial court. He believes the men tried to escape while he was slowed by traffic.

As he was driving, one of the suspects knocked on the window to inform the officer that two prisoners were trying to run away. So he parked the truck, and saw one of the two climbing through the hole in the enclosure’s roof. So he ran to subdue the man, but the suspect was bigger and stronger, so the escapee fought him off and got away.

The other prisoners said the two escapees were Mr. Akkrapan Suwannanon, or Ex; and Mr. Traimad Ruean-in or Mad, both 33 years old. They were charged by the narcotic control board and the police with detaining and threatening other people to squeeze them for money.

The two escapees had threatened the other prisoners sitting in the police vehicle to keep quiet during their escape, and pointed a knife and the scissors at them. The men then used the bent wire to unlock their handcuffs, and used the heavy scissors to cut the roof of the enclosure, and climbed through it to escape along Sukhumvit Road.

After hearing the reports from witnesses, the officer reported to his commander, and the police brought police dogs to help find the escapees. About 200 meters from the escape scene, officers found a red-and-black striped polo shirt, and the scissors apparently used the suspects. The items were dropped in front of the Bangchang Homemart. The police also searched in the nearby grove woods and other likely nearby areas, but did not find the escapees.

Pol. Col. Somnuek Janket, said a background check revealed that Mr. Akkrapan is the son of a highway police officer. He and Mr. Traimad had been arrested by Nongprue police on multiple charges. Mr. Akkrapan had previously been arrested by police on charges of raping, robbing and adultering.

The escape appeared to have been planned beforehand, with one of the prisoner’s relatives apparently smuggling to them the cutting scissors and wire used for the successful escape.

Reporter : Nirach   Photo : Nirach   Category : Crime News

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