Cops seek mur­der spree get­away car

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - BOONNUM KERDKAEW WASSAYOS NGAMKHAM

Po­lice are search­ing for a pickup truck used by a man to get away after he al­legedly shot his wife and in-laws dead in Uttaradit on Sun­day. Teer­apon Pi­na­mon, 37, is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing his mother-in­law, Nam­phueng Kingkaew, and her two elder sis­ters, Nam­pha and Kanok­wan In­th­a­sit, at a house in Uttaradit’s Pichai dis­trict. He then pro­ceeded to go to an­other house where he al­legedly killed his wife, Kan­yarat Kingkaew, and his fa­ther-in-law, Wi­rat Kingkaew. Two other peo­ple were wounded at the sec­ond lo­ca­tion. The mur­ders were re­ported to po­lice around 5.45pm on Sun­day, and eye­wit­nesses iden­ti­fied Mr Teer­apon as the shooter. Mr Teer­apon made his get­away in a Toy­ota Camry. Po­lice tried to catch him by track­ing his mo­bile phone sig­nal un­til 11.30pm, when it sud­denly cut out. The car was found at a ho­tel in Muang dis­trict of Phit­san­u­lok prov­ince on Mon­day. Pol Lt Col Non­tha­worn Seein, the deputy chief of Muang po­lice sta­tion in Phit­san­u­lok, said a man be­lieved to be Mr Teer­apon bor­rowed a mo­tor­cy­cle from a ho­tel maid, say­ing he was go­ing to a de­part­ment store, and failed to re­turn it. Yes­ter­day, Phit­san­u­lok po­lice said Mr Teer­apon had aban­doned the mo­tor­cy­cle by the road­side near a house in tam­bon Tha Thong in Muang dis­trict. So­musay Boon­piam, 42, said she no­ticed the mo­tor­cy­cle was parked out­side her house yes­ter­day and thought it had bro­ken down. Footage from sur­veil­lance cam­eras showed that after dump­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle, he was picked up by a white pick-up truck, which ap­peared to be head­ing to Nakhon Sawan prov­ince. Po­lice said there was a good chance he might be hid­ing in Bangkok or Chon Buri. Po­lice said the mo­tive be­hind the mul­ti­ple mur­ders is un­clear. Thapset Khuenkaew, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor of Uttaradit prov­ince, said jeal­ousy is a pos­si­ble mo­tive. “Mr Teer­apon may have sus­pected his wife was plan­ning to re­unite with her ex-hus­band,” he said. Royal Thai Po­lice spokesman Piya Uthayo said Mr Teer­apon has a long rap sheet, which in­cludes ar­rests for theft, fraud and drunk driv­ing. A video clip seen by the Bangkok Post showed Mr Teer­apon trad­ing words with his wife be­fore pulling out a pis­tol and shoot­ing his fa­therin-law and then her. Pol Col Thapset said the sus­pect was try­ing to make his way back to his home­town in Ranong. The Uttaradit court has is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for Mr Teer­apon and pic­tures of him have been cir­cu­lated to po­lice across the coun­try. A po­lice back­ground check found he has five ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing the Camry he used to flee. He had ap­plied for an ID card in sev­eral prov­inces.

Teer­apon: Well known to po­lice

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