Po­lice launch hunt for armed rapist


KALASIN: Po­lice have launched a largescale hunt for a man sus­pected of shoot­ing a stu­dent in the face and ab­duct­ing and rap­ing his fe­male com­pan­ion.

The ex­hausted 21-year-old woman, a univer­sity stu­dent, stum­bled into Phu Phan po­lice sta­tion in neigh­bour­ing Sakon Nakhon prov­ince about 5am on Tues­day. She told po­lice her at­tacker al­lowed her to go free af­ter he raped her on Phu Phan moun­tain.

Sema Saengrit, the 23-year-old shoot­ing vic­tim, later told po­lice a pickup truck cut in front of his mo­tor­cy­cle out­side Wat Aranyikawas in Kalasin’s Na Mon district about 1am on Tues­day.

A man in the truck then shot him in the face be­fore ab­duct­ing the young woman who was rid­ing pil­lion on his mo­tor­cy­cle.

Mr Sema said the bul­let had only pierced his cheeks, so he played dead and later called for help.

He said the at­tack oc­curred while he and the woman were re­turn­ing to their univer­sity to com­plete a video project af­ter buy­ing food.

He said that nei­ther he nor his com­pan­ion knew their at­tacker.

Kalasin po­lice chief, Pol Maj Gen Mon­tree Cha­ran­pong, said yes­ter­day that teams from Na Mon po­lice sta­tion, Kalasin po­lice head­quar­ters and Provin­cial Po­lice Re­gion 4 were in­volved in the hunt.

Sur­veil­lance cam­era footage showed the sus­pect at a con­ve­nience store, but po­lice had yet to de­ter­mine the li­cence plate num­ber on his black Toy­ota Vigo pickup truck, he said. De­tec­tives found a spent bul­let cas­ing from a 9mm gun near the crime scene.

The vic­tims said they were not in a re­la­tion­ship, but po­lice had not ruled out a love twist as a pos­si­ble mo­tive, Pol Maj Gen Mon­tree said.

Po­lice had a sketch of the sus­pect and ex­pected to ar­rest him soon, he said.

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