Chinese armed robbery suspect arrested

Chinese armed robbery suspect arrested

Five others still at large after making off with designer jewellery and bags from wealthy Chinese

Huai Khwang district of Bangkok has been dubbed the “new Chinatown”, but it has also seen an increase in crimes committed by Chinese people against their compatriots. (Photo: Nutthawat Wichieanbut)
Huai Khwang district of Bangkok has been dubbed the “new Chinatown”, but it has also seen an increase in crimes committed by Chinese people against their compatriots. (Photo: Nutthawat Wichieanbut)

A Chinese national suspected of taking part in a robbery in Huai Khwang district of Bangkok last Friday was arrested on Wednesday in Sri Racha district of Chon Buri, police said.

Lui Jian, 34, was arrested on a warrant issued by the Criminal Court on charges of armed robbery and illegally carrying a gun and knife in public, said Pol Maj Gen Teeradet Thamsuri, commander of the Investigation Division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

According to a police report, Mr Lui and five other Chinese nationals, armed with guns and knives, broke into a house in the Kesinee Ville housing estate in the Sam Sen Nok area of Huai Khwang on the evening of Sept 22. They hid in the house while the three Chinese men who occupied the house were outside exercising.

When the three occupants returned to the house, the six intruders robbed them of valuables: a Bulgari diamond-studded white gold ring worth 627,500 baht, a Cartier diamond-studded white gold ring worth 1.69 million baht, three black Chanel handbags worth 540,000 baht, a black Rimowa handbag worth 55,000 baht, and two iPhone 14 Pro smartphones worth 90,000 baht. The robbers then fled.

In the course of their investigation, the police managed to acquire the identities of the six robbery suspects and obtained warrants for their arrests.

Some of the suspects had fled the country but Mr Lui fled to Sri Racha and rented a room in tambon Bo Win.

Police arrested him on Wednesday at a Chinese restaurant in Bo Win while he was playing cards with five other Chinese men. All six were brought to the Bo Win police station for legal proceedings.

Mr Lui was shown the arrest warrant in the presence of an interpreter and denied the charges.

Police are still looking for the other robbery suspects.

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