Suspects known in alleged rape of 12-year-old girl, police say
Police say they have identified the suspects after a 12-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in an abandoned building in Bangkok's Bang Kapi district on Wednesday.
Pol Colonel Kritsana Pattanacharoen said on Thursday that police were gathering evidence against the suspects to get a court to issue arrest warrants. National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda had instructed officers to carefully and quickly gather evidence in the case, he said.
According to the victim's 40-year-old mother, the girl was taken away by a male acquaintance of the family. The man, in his 40s, and his friend said they would take the girl to buy snacks in the Ramkhamhaeng neighbourhood at 6pm on Wednesday.
The girl's mother was unable to find the girl for hours and eventually found her walking in the neighbourhood at 11pm.
The girl told her mother that the two men took her to an abandoned seven-storey building opposite Ramkhamhaeng Hospital where they allegedly raped her.
After the mother and daughter filed a complaint at the Hua Mark Police Station, investigator inspected the alleged crime scene, in an abandoned building at the end of Soi Ramkhamhaeng 81/4 in Bangkok's Bang Kapi district, and found traces of semen on a mattress in the building.
Some nearby residents confirmed that they saw two men and a girl on a motorcycle go into the abandoned building.
The girl was sent to Police General Hospital for a medical examination before she would be interviewed by police.
Police say they are now waiting for medical examination results and the girl's testimony to apply for arrest warrants for the two male suspects, said Hua Mark superintendent Pol Colonel Saksit Meesawat.