Fake cop kidnappers

Gang leader son of senior policeman in Pathum Thani used info on drug suspects, posed as cops then arrested them to get money from family.



Photo above from another fake cop case last year of Panuthit Isarowutkul, 38, at a news conference after his arrest on charges of impersonating a police officer. Mr Panuthit claimed to be a deputy superintendent at Phlapphla Chai 1 Police Station and allegedly extorted money from his victims.

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3 men held for kidnapping, and impersonating drug cops

24/06/2012

Three men have been arrested for allegedly posing as Narcotics Control Board officials and holding people for ransom in Songkhla.

Police apprehended Chaovarin Kultharo, 29, Danai Prakij, 29, and Supparit Kaewpradab, 24, in downtown Hat Yai yesterday.

The gang, led by Mr Chaovarin, who is the son of a senior policeman in Pathum Thani, was arrested for allegedly detaining Thanu Muangla-ong, 40, in a resort and demanding a 100,000 baht ransom from his family.

Undercover police worked with Mr Thanu's family and bargained down the ransom to 30,000 baht.

The family made an appointment to hand over the money to the gang near a restaurant on Rat-uthit road. The suspects were arrested as they were collecting the money.

Police said the gang pretended to be NCB officials and picked their victims mostly from people with a history in drug dealing.

The victims would be held for ransom and most of them believed the gang were real officials. They would pay the money and, fearing for their lives, keep quiet about it.

Police said the gang has successfully claimed ransoms from 20 victims. Each victim paid them 100,000 baht.

Police seized an illegal .45 gun, some cartridges, 29,900 baht in cash, bullet-proof vests, two fake police identification cards, paraphernalia for smoking crystal methamphetamine and photocopies of a senior police officer's ID card.

The three suspects face multiple charges including forceful detention of others to obtain ransom and posing as state officials.

They have been remanded in the custody of local police.

(Source: Bangkok Post, 3 men held for kidnapping, and impersonating drug cops, 24/06/2012, link)
 

Kidnapping Vocabulary

kidnapping - to illegally take a person away and keep them as prisoner (detain) until their family gives money for their release (See Wikipedia)

ransom - the amount of money that someone wants to be paid before they will let a person go or give back a valuable object เงินค่าไถ่
hold for ransom

police -
(See Wikipedia)

undercover -
working secretly (with different name and identity) to get information and catch criminals (See Wikipedia)
undercover police

apprehended - arrested; caught by the police
arrest - when the police take a person they believe has committed a crime to the police station to possibly stand trial to determine guilt with  punishment if found guilty)
detain - to keep a person in a place and not let them leave (examples: detain in a prison, jail, room, police station)

cops (informal) - Same as "police"
drug cops

impersonate - pretend to be another person to deceive and cheat people (make yourself look like someone else to deceive people)
impersonating drug cops

3 men held for kidnapping, and impersonating drug cops

allegedly - claimed but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
posing as - pretending to be someone or something (that you are not) วางท่า

Three men have been arrested for allegedly posing as Narcotics Control Board officials and holding people for ransom in Songkhla. Police apprehended Chaovarin Kultharo, 29, Danai Prakij, 29, and Supparit Kaewpradab, 24, in downtown Hat Yai yesterday.  The gang, led by Mr Chaovarin, who is the son of a senior policeman in Pathum Thani, was arrested for allegedly detaining Thanu Muangla-ong, 40, in a resort and demanding a 100,000 baht ransom from his family.

bargain - to try to get a better price for something you want to buy (or a better agreement or contract), negotiate, barter ต่อราคา, ต่อรอง, ต่อ, เจรจา

bargained down - try to get seller to decrease price
bargained down the ransom to 30,000 baht

Undercover police worked with Mr Thanu's family and bargained down the ransom to 30,000 baht.

appointment - making a plan or arrangement to meet a person at a certain time on a certain date
made an appointment to

hand over - give
hand over the money - give the money 
 
suspects - people that the police think might be guilty of a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
the suspects were arrested

The family made an appointment to hand over the money to the gang near a restaurant on Rat-uthit road. The suspects were arrested as they were collecting the money.

pretended - make yourself look like someone or something that you are not (to deceive and cheat people)
pretended to be NCB officials

drug dealing -
selling illegal drugs
people with a history in drug dealing -
people who have sold illegal drugs in the past

victim
- someone who ahs been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
picked their victims mostly from people with a history in drug dealing

Police said the gang pretended to be NCB officials and picked their victims mostly from people with a history in drug dealing.

fearing for their lives - afraid of dieing

The victims would be held for ransom and most of them believed the gang were real officials. They would pay the money and, fearing for their lives, keep quiet about it.

victim
Each victim paid them 100,000 baht.

Police said the gang has successfully claimed ransoms from 20 victims. Each victim paid them 100,000 baht.

illegal - against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย

seize - take by force
police seized an illegal .45 gun

cartridges - the

cash
- money in the form of notes or coins เงินสด
29,900 baht in cash

bullet
- a small, metal object that is shot from a gun กระสุนปืน
bullet-proof - bullets cannot enter or pass it (protects from bullets)

vest - clothing that covers the chest area but leaves the arms free
bullet-proof vest - a vest worn by police and army that protects them from bullets

identification
- the process of finding out what or who someone is การชี้ตัว การหาตัวผู้กระทำผิด
identification card
police identification card

fake
- made to look like something real in order to trick people ที่ทำปลอม ปลอมแปลง ปลอม
fake police identification cards

methamphetamine - an illegal drug, that is a psychostimulant that "increases alertness, concentration, energy, and in high doses, can induce euphoria, enhance self-esteem and increase libido [sexual drive] ... has high potential for abuse and addiction, activating the psychological reward system by triggering a cascading release of dopamine in the brain"  ยาบ้า (See Wikipedia)
crystal methamphetamine 

paraphernalia
- all the objects needed for or connected with a particular activity ของใช้จิปาถะ ของอื่นๆในกลุ่มเดียวกัน
paraphernalia for smoking crystal methamphetamine

Police seized an illegal .45 gun, some cartridges, 29,900 baht in cash, bullet-proof vests, two fake police identification cards, paraphernalia for smoking crystal methamphetamine and photocopies of a senior police officer's ID card.

charges - bring a criminal case against a person
face multiple charges

detention
- forced officially to stay in a place การกักตัว
forceful detention

state - government รัฐ
state officials

posing as state officials


The three suspects face multiple charges including forceful detention of others to obtain ransom and posing as state officials.

custody - when a person is kept in jail or prison until their case is sent to trial for a crime
in the custody of

remand (noun) -
the period of time that a person accussed of a crime waits for their trial in court
remand (verb) - to tell a person on trial for a crime to return to the court on a certain date for their trial  

local - in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
local police - police in a local area (small city or town), not national police from Bangkok 

remanded in the custody of
local police

They have been remanded in the custody of local police.

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