Four police imposter suspects arrested
Metropolitan police have arrested and charged four suspects for impersonating police officers to extort money from aliens and migrants workers.
The four involved in 17 extortion and rape cases in five districts of Bangkok, Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt General Sriwara Rangsipramanakul said.
The four are Kanokphol Changkhanak, 21,Kawi Luangnan, 26, Kittithat Permwaran, 26 and Charathorn Phaowanacharoensuk, 19.
Following months-long investigation, police tracked down to nab the four at a petrol station on Aekkachai Road 76, Bang Bon district.
The four were waiting to refuel their vehicle on the way to preying on their victims.
Police seized handcuffs, fake guns, falsified name tags/identification cards issued by the Interior Ministry, the car and four banking books as evidence.
Sriwara said the four would prey on foreigners and migrant workers. They spotted their marks at bus stops, on pedestrian walkways and at busy public areas in Bang Khunthien, Tha Kham, Nongkhem districts of Bangkok, and in Samut Sakhon’s Mueang and Krathumban districts.
The five districts have a large presence of migrant workers.
The four claimed to be plainclothes police. They threatened to check the victims’ documents and to check for illicit drugs use before demanding kickbacks.
In certain cases, female victims would be molested and raped.
Police said they received 17 complaints involving the four since January.
Bang Khunthien police have been designated to take custody of the four and to complete the report on cases involving them.
The investigation was prompted by informants alerting police to the extortion gang preying on migrant workers.