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Kidnapper and child rapist arrested after 13 years on the run

Photo courtesy of Khaosod

Thai authorities detained a member of, among others, 7-person gang of rapists who kidnapped and sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in 2011. The arrest took place yesterday after a prolonged manhunt.

Today, the head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Department (AHTD), Sarut Kwangsopa, organized the arrest of 40-year-old Uthai. The arrest was based on an arrest warrant issued by the Kanchana Buri Provincial Court in July 2011, which charged Uthai with several serious crimes.

The charges include gang rape, kidnapping of a person under 18 and forcible indecent assault. Uthai was detained in Nong Khai province.

In 2011, the victim, identified as Pad (a pseudonym), who was 16 years old at the time, was heading to the bathroom in her apartment when a woman stopped her pickup truck outside and called her name. As Pad approached, a group of men waiting in the vehicle forcibly pulled her into the truck.

They took her to a house in Bo Phloi District, Kanchanaburi Province, where they raped her. After the incident, the perpetrators fled and the victim reported the crime to the Laokhwan Police Station.

Arrest warrants were subsequently issued for all seven suspects, with some of them already in custody.

The services later discovered that Uthai, one of the suspects, had been hiding in Nong Khai province for over 13 years. Yesterday they managed to stop him.

During interrogation, the rapist denied the allegations. However, the authorities remained unconvinced and handed him over to the Laokhwan Police Station for further legal proceedings.

One of the investigators expresses his confidence in the case against Uthai, highlighting the significant evidence collected.

The victim’s traumatic experiences had lasting effects, and her pursuit of justice was a long and arduous journey. Uthai’s arrest is a significant step towards closing the prison for her and her family.

Khaosod said police are determined to ensure that all culprits are brought to justice to the fullest extent.

This case highlights the continued efforts of law enforcement to bring justice to victims of serious crimes, regardless of how much time has passed. Uthai’s arrest after 13 years on the run is a testament to the unwavering commitment of law enforcement in Thailand.

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