Woman rescued from love scam
Police have raided a Hat Yai home and rescued a woman detained by her boyfriend.
Captain Ekkarat Pitak of Hat Yai police station led the yesterday’s raid at the home in Tambon Kho Hong, Hat Yai district.
The woman’s relatives filed a complaint about alleged detention involving the boyfriend Wattana Chaichana, 41.
To rescue the woman, the police team had to cut open two locked gates. While police were trying to gain access into the house, Wattana fled to hide in a nearby house.
Wattana later surrendered to police after Ekkarat convinced him that the raid team had already blocked all possible escape routes.
Based on the statement of the woman’s relatives, Wattana was a police imposter. He lured the woman to fall for him by claiming he was police officer of the Crime Suppression Division.
The woman, who is a spinster, has been the victim of his love scam. She spent more than one million baht on him for the past four years.
Subsequently, she found out that he was the imposter and that he already had a wife.
She tried to distance herself and to sever their relationship. But he kept on pestering her.
As she tried to reason with him in asking for him to return her car, he allegedly detained and beat her for his sexual pleasure.
After she was locked in his house, she called her relatives seeking help. This prompted the relatives to alert police.
Pending the completion of police report, the relatives wanted police to charge him for physical assault and illegal detention.
In his statement, the suspect said the incident was a misunderstanding. He said he did not detain the victim.
He said he locked the house for security reason as he was cooking a meal for his “girlfriend” in the kitchen located at the back of the house.