Police release photos showing the hunt for one of the four foreigners in connection with an abduction case involving an Indonesian victim. (Immigration Bureau photo)
Four unnamed foreign criminal suspects — three Indonesian nationals and one Vietnamese national — have been detained in Bangkok in connection with an abduction case involving an Indonesian victim, the Immigration Bureau said on Thursday.
A video clip received by the abducted man's family showed the abductors cutting off his finger and making a demand for a ransom of over 300,000 baht, said Atchayon Kraithong, chief of the bureau’s Division 3.
The abduction case has come as a shock to those in Indonesia, said Pol Maj Gen Atchayon.
On Sunday, the suspects had entered Thailand at an immigration checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province, which prompted a car chase from Sa Kaeo to Bangkok, he said.
The suspects were aware they were being chased and they managed to switch to a different public van to avoid being caught at a special checkpoint set up to stop them, he added.
The authorities later located the suspects at a hotel in the downtown Pratunam area of Bangkok, he said.
The four were later handed over to the Cambodian police.
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abduct : to take somebody away illegally, especially using force - ลักพาตัว
abduction : taking somebody away illegally, especially using force - การลักพาตัว
abductor (noun): a person who abducts/kidnaps somebody - ผู้ลักพา
checkpoint : a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries - ด่านตรวจ
prompt : to cause something to happen or be done - ก่อให้เกิด
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
suspect : a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย