AFTER arresting two foreign men in the murder of a Taiwanese man at a hotel on Udomsuk road (Sukhumvit Soi 103), Bangna district, on Thursday (Nov. 16) police are hunting for a Thai woman while her partner, earlier identified as an American but actually from Vanuatu with dual Iranian nationality, has fled overseas, Matichon newspaper said.
Phra Khanong Criminal Court approved a warrant for the arrest of Ms. Naphatsarada (surname withheld), a resident of Ratchaburi province, on the charges of premeditated murder of Mr. Chu Chiang Chen, 48.
He was found bound and gagged lying face down in the hotel room with a serious wound at the right eyebrow after having been hit with a hard object. There were blood stains on the sheet and two towels on the floor.
Of the two suspects earlier arrested, Mr. Zwe Lin Pyae, or Jensy, 21, from Myanmar, and Mr. John Agbor, 40, a Cameroonian, the former told police that Naphatsarada had hired him to spy and stalk others and he was introduced to Mr. Mohagheghi Hamldrezs, from Vanuatu who also holds Iranian nationality, at a restaurant in Thonburi.
Phra Khanong Criminal Court today ordered the first 12-day detention of the two suspects.
Police said Naphatsarada and Hamldrezs had been living together in Ratchaburi with the latter having fled overseas after the first two suspects were arrested. They are now chasing Naphatsarada and expect to arrest her in a day or two.
They believe motive for the murder was to get information from his telecommunication devices and also steal his assets but they have not ruled out other possibilities.
Maj. Gen. Theeradej Thammasutee, chief of investigation at Metropolitan Police Bureau, said Jensy had confessed to the charges but Agbor continues to deny them.
Meanwhile Agbor’s wife told police her husband had known the deceased man for a long time and they would socialise whenever he came to Thailand and it was him who introduced her husband to the Vanuatuan man.
She added that from what her husband had told police the deceased Taiwanese man had swindled money from the Vanuatuan man who then asked her husband to mediate.
On the day of the murder her husband was asked to meet the two men at this hotel so that he could help get the deceased man to open the door to his hotel room.
After that he returned home and called the two men to ask whether they had settled the problem but instead heard a loud noise so went back to the hotel room where he saw them spraying pepper on his face and tried to shield him with his hand. Up to that point the victim was still alive and had not been tied up, she added.
A police vehicle outside the hotel where Mr. Chu Chiang Chen (inset) was murdered last Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023. Photo: Matichon