11 July 2024

A prime suspect in the fatal shooting of a vocational student and a school teacher in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei area on November 11th was arrested this morning in Chiang Mai province.

A police team from the Bangkok-based Metropolitan Police Bureau apprehended 19-year-old “Anawin” while he was camping on Doi Pui mountain at dawn.  He is to be flown back to Bangkok this afternoon for interrogation.

A member of the police team, tasked with pursuing present and former students of a rival school, said that they are still looking for another suspect, Abdulloh Dueramae, who is still at large.

Thirteen suspects, excluding Anawin, have been in police custody at Thung Mahamek police station.  All were escorted by police to the Bangkok South Criminal Court this morning for a court order to have them further detained.

Police said they are charged with criminal association of more than five people and as accessories in the murders of two people.

The national police chief, Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, is scheduled to give a press conference at the investigation centre of the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday afternoon.

A school teacher from the Sacred Heart Convent School in Khlong Toei, Sarada, was shot dead as she was waiting in front of an ATM machine near her school by a perpetrator who arrived at the scene on two motorcycles.

Thanasorn, 19, a first-year student at Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-ok, Uthenthawai campus, who was among a group of his classmates, was waiting at a bus stop and was seriously wounded. He died a few days after at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.