Pattaya Daily News

02 January 2013 :: 13:01:21 pm 69969

Prime Suspect Arrested In Russian Rape Case

Police have arrested a suspect for the rape and robbery of two Russian female tourists on Christmas Day. A pickup truck used by the suspect was also seized. Two other suspects were arrested but not initially charged. A teen boy also reportedly served as a lookout during the crime.
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PATTAYA – January 1, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 7 a.m., police raided a home in East Pattaya and seized what is believed to be the pickup truck used in the rape and robbery of two Russian tourists on Christmas Day.

The ladies had been walking through a Pratumnak Hill park in the predawn darkness to return to their hotel. But they were forced into a pickup truck by three Thai men, who drove to the Sak Nok reservoir area in Huay Yai and assaulted them.

The raid was a coordinated effort by Nonprue police and Pol. Maj. Gen. Sanchai Chaiamporn, Deputy Commissioner, section 2; Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province; Pol. Maj. Gen. Kittiphong Ngaomook, Commander, section 2; Pol. Col. Supphathee Boonkrong, Deputy Commander, Chonburi province; and Pol. Col. Somneuk Jankate, Superintendent.

The raided house is on Soi Mabyailia in Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung. The pickup truck seized by police was a blueToyota Mighty-X with white max rims, license number BOR THOR-7200 Chonburi.

The registered owner of the pickup truck was the homeowner, “Mrs. Noi” (alias). She is separated from her husband, who is the prime suspect in the case.

He was identified as Mr. Wichean or Bang See Jaija, age approximately 30-35. Ms. Noi told police that her separated husband had taken the truck to use on December 24.

Several hours later, the two Russian victims were taken by tourist police to see the seized pickup truck. The two Russian ladies, ages 31 and 32, confirmed to police that the vehicle was the one used by the three men who raped and robbed them.

The other two suspects in the case were arrested by the detective police team. However, after being subjected to urine tests and intense questioning, the two other detained suspects have not yet been charged by police. There was also a teen boy involved who served as a lookout while the 3 men were assaulting the women.

The police forensic team came to collect evidence and fingerprints from the pickup truck and didn’t allow the reporters to take photographs.

Later, the police team followed up to arrest Mr. Wichean after he escaped to the house of his mistress, “Ms. Fon,” located in Amphur Bangpakong, Chachoengsao province. Police detained him for interrogation, and are continuing to collect evidence to issue the arrest warrant.

Intense investigative work by police in the days following the crime led to the suspects. Police interviewed an important witness, a teenager in the Huay Yai area where the assaults had occurred. The witness confirmed to police that one of the men involved in the crime was Mr. Wichean.

He told police that Mr. Wichean had taken his 2 friends to rob and rape the Russian women. There was also a male teenager involved, age 16-17, who acted as a lookout.

A background check of Mr. Wichean revealed that he is a playboy who always cheated on his wife with mistresses. After a big quarrel with his wife, they had separated and were living apart. Mr. Wichean also has been convicted of using guns to shoot other people.

The reporter went to inspect the 1-story house on Soi Mabyailia where the pickup truck was seized. Neighbors told the reported that Mr. Wichean had a quarrel with his wife and had separated from her a long time ago to live with his mistress.

They said the seized pickup truck belonged to his wife’s mother, but the truck was seldom used due to the bad quality of its engine, and it had just been taken to be repaired a few days ago.

It was also revealed to reporters that on January 2, a press conference will be held to announce the arrests at Pattaya School number 2, by Pol. Gen. Adul Saengsingkaew, Director-General, who will fly in by helicopter to make the announcement.


  • Two Russian Ladies Robbed And Raped In Pattaya

    After spending Christmas Eve on Walking Street, two Russian women were walking back to their Pratumnak Hill hotel in the early morning hours, but were forced at gunpoint into a pickup truck by three Thai men. The men robbed and raped the women in a forested area in Huay Yai and left them there.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Crime News

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