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Rape, shooting suspect turns himself in, fearing police would kill him

Feb 16. 2018
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By The Nation

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The 29-year-old suspect, who allegedly shot a male third-year university student in the cheek in Kalasin’s Na Mon district early on Tuesday morning before abducting and raping a female sophomore student, surrendered to police on Friday.

Rubber tapper Thisanu Phonarat, surrendered to Kam Moung police officers at a gas station belonging to his elder sister.

He admitted to having feared for his life after Kalasin police chief Pol Maj-General Montri Charanpong had on Thursday threatened that police might have to kill this “armed and dangerous” suspect to apprehend him.

Thisanu – who was wanted for attempted murder, coercion using a weapon, carrying a gun in a public place and rape – said that he did the crime out of intoxication caused by 2-3 yaba pills and rice whiskey.

He told police that he had a fight with his wife earlier that day and drove his pickup truck to Muang Kalasin to find a way to “vent out his anger”. He spotted the two students, whom he did not know, at the three-fork intersection towards Kalasin University.

Police said he drove after the two, who were riding a motorcycle to buy food at night, and cut in front of them. He jumped out and allegedly assaulted and shot the young man. He then allegedly dragged the young woman into his pickup before speeding away to the Phuphan Mountain area where he raped her and left.

The female student later emerged from the Phuphan forest on Tuesday morning and filed a rape complaint against her abductor.

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