Daily News said that the hunt for the three suspects – including an American – who escaped from a Pattaya court on Monday would test the capabilities of the Chonburi police.
In one report the media quoted a court spokesman Suriyan Hongwilai as saying that a Thai among the three escapees had shot a court guard while the American had stabbed him. In another report by the same media they said that the American had shot the guard as he lay on the floor after he was stabbed in the ribs by the Thai. Capt Thanamet Phothiphan is out of danger at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.
Arrest warrants for attempted murder are being issued as the hunt intensifies both in Chonburi and neighboring provinces. National RTP chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has ordered that the suspects are captured quickly and that relatives come forward to help in that endeavor. Through his spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen he warned anyone harboring or aiding and abetting the fugitives would be prosecuted. The escapees were named as Bart Allen Helmus, 39, his wife Sirinapha Wisetrit and Noi or Ton Nilathet.
They had been held on charges of possessing and dealing in ice. Daily News contemplated that the case may lead to more shooting. They said that the suspects would be desperate and their capture may end in an extra judicial killing. They said the hunt and its resolution would fully test the capabilities of the provincial police and other agencies. During the escape they said that further shots were fired before the suspects ran to a waiting Isuzu. Another guard was forced to lie on the floor at gunpoint as one of the suspects got the keys to open the main door. Spokesman Suriyan said that it was well planned and that an investigation is underway to determine what happened.Facebook.
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