Chinese man arrested over theft, detention of another Chinese citizen in Phuket
A Chinese man has been arrested in Phuket for alleged theft and holding a person against their will.
Details were revealed to Phuket’s media on Tuesday morning.
Police arrested a man, Ming Xiang, following the issue of a warrant from the Phuket Provincial Court over theft and the detention on Sunday of a Chinese woman, Li Peilin.
The two Chinese tourists first reported to Patong police station, and claimed at the time that a taxi driver had used a gun and cable-ties to detain them.
In their story, the suspect had used ATM and credit cards to steal more than Bt228,000 from them.
However, after continuing their investigation, police discovered that Ming and another Chinese man, Wu Chengxi, who acted as the taxi driver, had planned to rob and detain Li.
Wu Chengxi has already departed Thailand.
Li on Tuesday said she was grateful Phuket police for being able to quickly identify the suspects.
She said she had known Ming Xiang for three months, and had planned to do business with him.