A suspect from Myanmar on Thursday broke free from a detention room at a police station in Songkhla where he was being detained pending a human trafficking investigation.
Police said Zaw Win, 27, somehow unlocked the padlock on the detention cell at the Bang Klam police station in Bang Klam district at about 7am.
A security camera showed Zaw Win with a damaged leg limping out of the police station.
Zaw Win was sent from Bangkok to be detained at the police station on Wednesday.
He was suspected of being involved with a human trafficking ring that smuggled Rohingya into Thailand before they would be smuggled further to Malaysia.
Zaw Win was arrested in Bangkok after 14 Rohingya were found hiding in a forest in Moo 6 village in Tambon Tha Chang in Bang Klam district on January 1. Police conduced an investigation and said Zaw Win was a suspected member of the gang and police later learned that he was hiding in Bangkok.