Police held a press conference yesterday (October 24) at the Phuket Provincial Police Station, and confirmed they had arrested three men, including Sen Sgt Maj Pichan, after they allegedly threatened and stole money from French man Henry Richer.
The incident began when a man named as Boonping Keaw-Ngarndee helped Mr Richer sell a piece of land for B2 million, but Mr Richer allegedly only gave Boonping B2,000 for his help.
So Boonping, along with his friend Kanasanan Pathan decided to get their own back and rob Mr Richer on October 14. They set up a plan for Boonping to meet up with Mr Richer, as the two were connected in drugs circles.
Boonping joined Mr Richer at a hotel room, but then Boonping announced –falsely – that he was a policeman, pulled out a gun and put Mr Richer in handcuffs.
He said Mr Richer needed to pay B3 million to avoid being thrown in jail, but Mr Richer didn’t have enough money.
Boonping and Kanasanan, who had now joined them, then went with Mr Richer to the ATM, but he only had B490,000 in his account. B400,000 was transferred to an account the men had access to, and B90,000 was withdrawn from the ATM.
Boonping and Kanasanan then fled, but not before threatening Mr Richer not to go to the police.
Mr Richer was initially scared to report the event because he was afraid he would be arrested on drugs charges, but eventually decided to make a complaint on October 23.
Boonping, Kanasanan, and Sen Sgt Maj Pichan were then all arrested. After his arrest, Sen Sgt Maj Pichan said he knew the men and had some involvement in the crime, while Boonping and Kanasanan admitted guilt.
Three other men involved have not been named by police, as the investigation continues.