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Escapee will be arrested soon: police

A criminal who escaped on Thursday from medical custody at Police General Hospital should be recaptured soon, a senior police officer said yesterday.

Police have made good progress in tracking down Buntham Thabthimnark, 25, through a joint investigation by three Bangkok-based police units and expect to recapture him by next week, said Pol Colonel Ruechakorn Jorrajewut, a deputy commander of Metropolitan Police Division 6.

Buntham was able to slip out of a shackle fastened to his bed because he had become much thinner during his hospital stay, said Pol Lt-Colonel Phanom Chuethong, a senior officer at Pathum Wan station.

Buntham was admitted to the hospital on July 25 with gunshot wounds to the right arm after engaging in a gunfight with police from two stations as they attempted to arrest him.

The escape has attracted much interest on social media as Buntham, a repeat narcotics and firearms offender, was seen walking from his bed and later

swapping his hospital clothes for another outfit before leaving the hospital compound.

Phanom said Buntham was assisted by people who brought the new clothes.

The incident has prompted an internal investigation involving the Pathum Wan policemen on duty at the hospital at the time of the escape and other criminals in medical custody at the facility, which is located in the jurisdiction of Pathum

Wan police and Division 6 police.

Preng police in Samut Prakan and Jorrakey Noi police in Bangkok engaged in the gunfight with Buntham, who was treated at the hospital based on standard procedures.

The charges against him include the attempted murder of policemen on duty.


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