Police seeking the notorious Chiang Mai satirist have made the error of arresting a professional forger who was living peacefully in Bangkok. It was an easy mistake to make, Poophan Plod told reporters. Both have gray hair and pot bellies, both have an old and dissipated appearance, both are British and both have a maniacal stare.
The forger was quietly plying his trade in a commercial property in Phra Khanong when it was raided. When a policeman was shot during the raid we were certain we had the satirist, Poophan Plod explained. The body of a dismembered man in plastic bags was also found in the refrigerator, and confiscated.
“We realised we had made a mistake when the un-named Brit showed us a copy of his forged passport. He has since been released and his bags of body parts returned. The hunt for the satirist continues.” the Poophan concluded.
The story from Khaosod English:
BANGKOK — A police officer was shot in a raid on an alleged forgery den in southwest Bangkok on Friday afternoon which turned up five foreign suspects, firearms, drugs and a dead woman in a refrigerator.
Officers were left with a mystery on their hands when the relatively routine raid on a building in the Phra Khanong area turned up the dead body. In the course of arresting five suspects said to be a Briton, two Americans and two Burmese, a police officer was shot.
Forensic examiners were working to identity the body discovered in a large fridge on the ground floor of the commercial property.
Maj. Gen. Somprasong Yenthuam of the Metropolitan Police Bureau said police received reports that passports were being forged there, leading to Friday’s raid.
One of the suspects shot a Tourist Police officer in the chest during the operation, Somprasong said. The officer, Sgt. Maj. Kanjanapong Chedet, was in stable condition.
Police found three handguns and crystal meth inside the building, Somprasong said.
The story from Thai Visa Forum:
BANGKOK:-- A tourist policeman was shot in the stomach as ten cops armed with a search warrant investigated a business premises on Sukhumvit Soi 56 in Bangkok Friday afternoon.
Officer Kanchanaphong Chedech was rushed to hospital as a UK man, two Americans and two Burmese were arrested.
Met commissioner Sanit Mahathavorn and Surachet Hakpan chief of the tourist police then investigated the scene and a male body cut into five pieces was found in an industrial size freezer in the four storey property.
Ten police had arrived with a search warrant just after around 1pm and while they were carrying out the search Kanchanaphong was shot.
The maid told the police that the four men had moved in a week ago and had brought a large freezer with them. She said that it was plugged in all the time but she had not seen the men get any food or drink to put in it.
Commissioner Sanit arrived and ordered the freezer opened - they found the hand of what they originally thought was a young woman and a body covered in plaster.
When forensics officers arrived thereafter they discovered that it was in fact a man in the freezer and he was cut up into five pieces.
Police said it was too early to say who the victim is or what relationship he had with the five arrested foreigners.
The foreigners are believed to have rented all four floors of the business premises that is next to the Kluay Nam Thai Clinic on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 56.