Police have arrested two men and are hunting for a third suspect believed to be involved in a vicious attack on a woman taxi driver early on Tuesday morning.
Sadudee Hongprasert, 25, one of the three suspects in the brutal assault of a female taxi driver, appears before reporters at the Metropolitan Police headquarters yesterday.
Police said the trio had robbed and assaulted driver Boonchuay Thongtae, 53, stabbing her in the throat before throwing her from the vehicle and then driving it over her.
The two arrested men are Sadudee Hongprasert, 25, and a 17-year-old man whose name was withheld. The third suspect, Thitipong Laonukul, 22, remains at large.
Police said the suspects hailed Mrs Boonchuay's taxi and asked to be dropped off near a school in Sala Thammasop in Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district. When they arrived at the destination, one suspect allegedly slashed her throat, stole 4,000 baht and pushed her out of the car, leaving her in the middle of the road.
Upon seeing the victim had survived and was trying to seek help from a nearby security guard, they backed up the stolen taxi and ran over her.
The taxi was later found abandoned in Phetkasem soi 74 in Bang Khae district. It had a dent on the back bumper and there were blood stains inside. The forensic team were able to collect fingerprints from the vehicle.
Mrs Boonchuay has since recovered sufficiently in hospital to answer some of the investigators' questions. She said that prior to the attack she picked up two of the men near the Phetkasem-Kanchanaphisek intersection and was asked to take them to Nakhon Chai Si district in Nakhon Pathom province.
Chuanchai Thongtae, 32, the victim's son, said his mother is still in a serious condition but can now speak a little about the attack.
Mr Chuanchai said his mother told him that she stopped at a roadside restaurant and asked for directions from a man, without knowing that he was a police officer. The officer became suspicious of her two passengers who appeared to be restless and intoxicated. He decided to confiscate their ID cards.
The policeman even asked if Mrs Boonchuay wanted to follow him to the police station for assistance. However, she did not go to the police station as the passengers said they were in a hurry.
Mrs Boonchuay was later asked by the two passengers to pick up a friend. The three men attacked her soon after.