Thananchai Manmak, a suspect in the fatal shooting of a highway police officer and injuring another at a party in Nakhon Pathom, was killed in a gunfight with police in Tha Rua district, Kanchanaburi province, on Friday morning. Thananchai was wanted under a court warrant for the crime. Police from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and Provincial Police Region 9 conducted a manhunt that led to the fatal encounter.
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.
In a harrowing turn of events, a man being held hostage managed to call for help as the car he was in approached a police checkpoint in Bangkok’s Min Buri district. The police officers, who were manning a drink driving test point on Rom Klao Road, heard the cry for help around 12:30 am and proceeded to pull over both the Chevrolet car with the hostage and the Toyota car following behind it.
National police chief Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas has directed the highway police to look into allegations that drivers of overloaded trucks bearing special bribepaid stickers are avoiding arrest. Police spokesman Pol Lt Gen Archayon Kraithong stated on Monday that Pol Gen Damrongsak wants the Highway Police Division to swiftly uncover the truth behind these accusations.