Police say they are now searching for another suspect (See story here).
Police announced the arrest of Suriya “Hack” Insatorn, 18, from Phuket at a press conference at the Phuket Provincial Police Station this morning (Dec 25).
Present at the press conference were Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Peerayut Karajaedee, Col Sermpan Sirikong, Thalang Police Chief Sompong Thiparpakun and other officers.
During the press conference Gen Teeraphol said, “On Friday (Dec 22) Phuket Provincial Police and Thalang Police were ordered to quickly search for a suspect.
After a questioning the injured 17-year old boy, Roamat Tumwong, police found that Mr Roamat had a personal conflict with Adisorn ‘Ya’ Chansin. Police went to Adisorn’s house but did not find him.
“Yesterday (Dec 24) police followed Suriya, a friend of Adisorn, and carried on a search at a house in Moo 11 in Thepkrasattri. Suriya was found in possession of a rifle and five bullets,” Gen Teeraphol added.
“Suriya told us that that he and Adisorn planed to shoot Roamat and Panilada, because Adisorn has personal conflict with Mr Roamat. Adisorn asked Suriya to shoot Roamat. Suriya has known Roamat before. Adisorn took Suriya from Suriya’s house on a motorcycle. Suriya took a rifle which is belong to his father and put a rifle in a guitar bag,” Gen Teeraphol explained.
“Adisorn and Suriya were heading to Ms Panilada’ s rental house. Panilada is Roamat’s girlfriend. They saw that Roamat went to Panilada’s house. They were waiting in rubber tree field for about 15 minutes. When Suriya saw Ms Panilada and Roamat exit out of a Soi, Suriya fired two shots at them and sped away. Suriya put a rifle back at the same place where he took from his father,” Gen Teeraphol noted.
“Police took two days to find Suriya. Suriya was charged with attempted murder and murder. We also found that Suriya had another case of attempted murder in Thalang in the past. He was also found to have two arrest warrants issued against him in two previous cases,” Gen Teeraphol added.
“Police are now searching for Adisorn who has so far managed to escape apprehension,” he conlcluded.