A History of Crime
Authorities have recently arrested Wattana Srikhaney, also known as Tum Chonburi, a serial rapist with a lengthy criminal record in Chon Buri province. According to Pol Maj Gen Teeradej Thumsutee, chief of investigations at the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Wattana’s criminal activities date back to 2009.
Over the years, he has been in and out of jail for various offenses, including theft in Phanat Nikhom district in February 2009, drug use in Si Racha district in June 2017, and a drug-related charge in Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani, in July 2017.
Modus Operandi: Omi App and Deception
Wattana used the Omi app to find his victims, presenting himself as a “nice guy” online. After gaining their trust, he would offer to pick them up for a date before committing his violent crimes. Along with the sexual assaults, victims were often robbed of money, gold necklaces, mobile phones, and other valuables.
One particularly brutal instance involved a woman being raped at the edge of a rice field and abandoned there, completely naked.
A Trail of Violence
The serial rapist has been linked to multiple incidents across various locations. In 2009, he committed rape in Phanat Nikhom district in Chon Buri on January 29, with another rape occurring in the same district two years later. In April of this year, he committed rape and robbery in the Chorakhe Noi area in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district.
Wattana’s most recent crime took place on May 14 in Ko Chan district, Chon Buri. Following this incident, the police managed to apprehend him, putting an end to his crime spree.
Continued Efforts for Public Safety
The arrest of Wattana Srikhaney highlights the importance of vigilance and cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the public. With criminals increasingly using technology to facilitate their offenses, it’s crucial that the community stays informed about potential threats and takes necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones.