Police escorted Peter Andrew Colter one of the five foreign suspects, who were arrested during a yesterday raid of a Bangkok building on suspicion of passport forgery and drug trafficking, to the Phra Khanong Police Station.
By KHANATHIT SRIHIRANDEJ
TOURIST POLICE discovered a dismembered body in a large padlocked refrigerator yesterday when they raided a commercial building in Bangkok’s Soi Sukhumvit 56 to arrest foreign suspects allegedly involved in passport forgery and drug trafficking.
Pol Sgt Major Kanchanapong Chedech was also shot in the raid. He was later in stable condition.
Police arrested three foreign suspects, a Briton and two Americans, in the raid.
They also seized three pistols and a certain amount of crystal meth or “ice” and marijuana.
The body parts were found wrapped in black plastic bags inside a two-metre-tall and two-metre-wide commercial refrigerator on the building’s ground floor.
City police chief Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahathaworn said that the dismembered body was later identified as a foreign man of unknown nationality.
It was suspected that the person had been dead about a month, Sanit said. He dismissed online news reports that police had found heavy weapons and pipe bombs at the building.
Metropolitan Police Area 5 chief Pol Maj General Somprasong Yentuam said the nine-member police team searched the building following information that it was occupied by a foreign gang forging passports and dealing drugs.
While police escorted a suspect to get his passport from a safe box, the suspect grabbed a gun and shot at Kanchanapong three times before the suspect was apprehended, he said.
The three suspects were later sent to Phra Khanong Police Station, he added.
Sanit later confirmed that police arrested three criminal suspects – a British man and two American men – while two others were the Myanmar maid and her husband. Sanit said the Myanmar maid told police the foreigners had rented the place three months ago and the maid cleaned the place twice a week. She was paid Bt6,000 salary. She said that no one had |ever opened the padlocked fridge when she was there.
A source later reported that the three suspects were identified as British national Peter Andrew Colter, who shot the policeman, and two Americans, Gabel Aaron Thomas and Jame Douglas Eger.
Police also found seven passports at the building – two US, four French and one British.