Suspects in rape/robbery of Russians presented
National Police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew joined Russian Deputy Consul-General Alexey Budanov in a press conference yesterday to discuss the arrest of three men accused of raping, assaulting and robbing two Russian women at a reservoir in Bang Lamung in Chon Buri late on December 26.
The suspects - Wichian Jaija, 35, Thongchai Jandee, 20 and Anuwat Waton, 32 - were presented along with a Toyota Mighty X pickup truck allegedly used in the attack, a home-made gun and bullets, 50 keys and the clothing the suspects reportedly wore on the day of the attack. The evidence against them includes DNA found on the victims' clothing and blood from the victims reportedly found in the truck, police said.
Wichian has a prior conviction for attempted murder during an armed robbery, while Thongchai and Anuwat had priors in drug cases. Wichian apologised for the crime and the damage to the country's image.
The three were charged with robbery, rape, illegal detention, assault and illegal possession of a gun.
On behalf of the victims, Budanov thanked police for the speedy investigation and arrests, and hoped that police would protect tourists in future.