Pattaya Daily News

07 October 2010 :: 13:10:57 pm 42756

Police Instigate Raids on Volunteer Police Murder Suspects

Huay Yai police on Thursday instigated several raids at premises owned/leased by five suspects thought to be involved in the murder of a local security guard last month.
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Pattaya, the 7th of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 5:00am on Thursday, Lieutenant Colonel Prakop Saengpring (Huay Yai Police Superintendent) and his team released details of five suspects thought to be involved in the murder of Mr. Bunterng (full name unknown) in Sattahip on the 24th of September 2010.

Mr. Bunterng was found shot to death in front of the Wat Yansungwararam in Sattahip last month. According to police records, Mr. Bunterng had left his house the previous evening to meet some friends, before later being found dead at the scene.

Lt. Col. Saengpring revealed that both Huay Yai and Sattahip police had been investigating the case over the last 2 weeks, with eight volunteer police officers suspected over the murder and involvement in a drug distribution operation in Pattaya.

Based on case evidence and various testimonies of those involved in the investigation, Huay Yai police received five search and arrest warrants from the Pattaya District Court, conducting simultaneous raids on five premises early on Thursday morning.

According to police reports, the five suspects along with a possible three other men had shot Mr. Bunterng after he had appeared at the location under the pretence of delivering drugs. He was later shot in the back as he attempted to flee the scene.

The main raid, conducted on house no. 22/129, Plutaluang, was for the arrest of Mr. Yodchai Tanormsing (AKA, Phuyai Auan) [42], believed to be the leader in a known drug network who is also involved as a volunteer officer for the Anti-Narcotics Center in Sattahip and a reported ‘village head’. Mr. Tanormsing was implicated as the lead suspected in the murder of Mr. Bunterng.

The other four raids were instigated using warrants for the apprehension of Mr. Jirapat Turapan [39], Mr. Chaiya Chochai [38], Mr. Punya Konjen [35] and Mr. Wanchai Nawandee [42] and where conducted simultaneously at four houses in the locales of Sattahip and Na Jomtien.

Unfortunately all five of the murder suspects had escaped the scene prior to the raids, while officers did not uncover new evidence in the ongoing case or any illegal possessions in the five residences.

Along with the murder of Mr. Bunterng, police are investigating reports that the men also conducted an unauthorised drug raid at a house in Plutaluang occupied by two teenagers. In a report provided to police, the gang of volunteer officers allegedly stormed into the house accusing the two teens of using Ya-Ba before confiscating their personal effects including, fridge, television and several other items.

Lt. Col. Saengpring explained that although the suspects were still at large, thought to have fled across the Thai-Cambodian border, police are continuing with their investigations and have enough evidence at present to convict all five suspects upon their apprehension.

No statement regarding the identity, whereabouts or dealings of the other three suspects involved with the case was revealed by police.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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