6 June 2024

Police have arrested a Myanmar man and a Cameroonian on suspicion that they were involved in the murder of a Taiwanese man, whose body was found in a hotel room on Udomsuk Road in the Phra Khanong district of Bangkok yesterday.

The two suspects have been identified as Myanmar national Zwe Lin Pyae and John Agbor from Cameroon.

Pol Lt-Gen Thiti Saengsawang, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said today that police are looking for a third suspect, a Caucasian, who is still at large.

The 48-year-old Taiwanese victim was found with his hands and legs tied with Scotch tape and ropes, his mouth was covered with tape and there was a wound over his right eyebrow, believed to have been caused by a strike with a hard object. Two blood-stained towels were found on the floor of the hotel room.

Police said the victim checked into the hotel on Tuesday. A friend called the hotel on Thursday, asking hotel staff to check the victim’s room, saying he could not contact him. Staff opened the room with a spare key and found the customer was dead. They then contacted the police.

Police checked the CCTV system and saw two men walking from a room on the fifth floor to the victim’s room on the sixthr. They managed to track down the first suspect, the Myanmar man, at an apartment in the Makkasan area.

The suspect claimed that he was hired by a Thai woman follow the Taiwanese man, adding that he later had an appointment with the woman and two other men at a coffee shop in the Thon Buri area, during which the woman told them that the Taiwanese man was rich and she wanted him robbed.

The second suspect, the Cameroonian, was arrested by the police later, but has denied any involvement.