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04 August 2008 :: 13:08:58 pm 10743

Yah Bah Gang-Police Shootout In Pattaya

Pattaya was the scene of a shootout between a Yah Bah gang and the police on 3 July, 2008, in Pattaya‘s Thepprasit Road. The scenario started as a sting operation and stake out, but quickly got out of hand as the drug gang realised they‘d been tricked. The gang eventually escaped after being laid siege to by the police.
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             At 11.00 PM, on 3 July, Pattaya Superintendent, Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom, received notification of a gun battle between the drug gangsters and a 5-man police team led by Pol.Capt. Ekarin Sikkakul , Pattaya police investigator. The shooting occurred at an empty house in Soi 7, Thepprasit ( Soi Jularat) , Moo. 12. Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom then rushed reinforcements to the crime scene.

             At the unlit scene of the battle, the team found the original 5 police officers besieging a 4-man Yah Bah gang. Mr. Neung, the gang leader and 3 his friends, each had a gun in their hands. After a fierce shootout the gang managed to beat off the police and escape. 

Pol.Capt. Ekarin Sikkakul reported that originally the police plan had been to arrest Mr. Neung and his gang using a cunning ploy. On the day, police got their anonymous spy to pretend to buy Yah Bah from Mr. Neung. When the spy rendezvoused with the gang to collect the drugs, Pol.Capt. Ekarin Sikkakul and his team were hiding in the bushes nearby. However, when the purchasing was going down, Mr. Neung realized that the police were in hiding, so he started to shoot at the police first. The police retaliated and a lengthy gun battle ensued, however, all the gang managed to escape. Police checked the vicinity and found a black Toyota Vios abandoned at the scene. The left back tyre was flat, the back bumper was damaged, and the back door behind the driver’s seat had also been shot. The wall of the house behind was also peppered with bullet holes. Police also found a gun case and 20 Yah Bah tablets under the driver’s seat.

             Police kept on searching the surrounding 20 rai area near the Grand Lotus Place Village and found some blood stains on the ground. 20 minutes later, police received a report from Pattaya Memorial Hospital that a patient had been admitted with gunshot wounds.

Police rushed to the hospital and found Mr. Anirut(Dong) Kayan ng-ahn,(20) from Nakaorn Ratchsima who had been shot in his left shin. Police duly arrested him. Mr. Anirut (Dong) confessed that he was a member of the four man gang, led by Mr. Neung Jomtian, who had set out by car to deliver the drugs. When they realized that they had been set up, they decided to shoot at the police first. He maintained that his three friends who had guns were all shooting at police, but he, himself, did not have a gun. After being shot in his shin, his friend helped him to run back to the road where he caught a baht bus taxi to Jomtian Soi 3 to get his relative, Mrs. Malee Nakayama (39) to take him to hospital. Mr. Neung had also apparently been shot, too, but managed to escape with his two friends.

            Police Colonel Nopadol Wongnom commended the police team for their bravery in fighting the gang. He also commanded his team to conduct a thorough search for the rest of the gang members and also warned that if the gang fight back using guns, the police have the right to shoot them dead.

 

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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