Police nab Chinese kidnapper at airport before he flees Thailand, 2 hostages saved

Police arrested a Chinese man before he boarded a flight out of Thailand last night. He is one of three men who abducted a Chinese woman and her brother-in-law in Pattaya on Monday for a ransom of 4.7 million baht. The two hostages were saved by police and returned home at 2am today.

On Monday, 33 year old Ma Mingshan from China reported to the police that his 33 year old wife San Qi Qiang and his 50 year old brother were abducted from their Nissan car on Pornpranimit 21 Road, on their way back from dropping his three year old son at school.

Dashcam footage from another vehicle recorded a motorbike cutting in front of the victims’ Nissan, forcing it to stop. San and her brother were ushered into a Mitsubishi car. The Nissan was found abandoned on Monday night.

Ma was contacted by the kidnappers via WeChat, who demanded one million yuan (4.7 million baht) ransom for the release of his brother and wife. He said he transferred money to the kidnappers.

Last night, police arrested 33 year old Wu Hai Yang at Suvarnabhumi Airport before he could board a flight to China. During interrogation, Wu Hai Yang told police where the hostages were being kept and police managed to rescue them at 2am. The victims were exhausted but safe.

Another suspect is thought to have already fled Thailand via Don Mueang Airport for Shanghai last night. Police believe the third suspect has also fled the country.

On Monday, another Chinese woman – a Master’s student in Bangkok – was abducted by a Chinese gang (one woman and two men) who extorted her of 3.2 million baht in money and cryptocurrency.

Police arrested the gang all the way in Sa Keao near the Cambodian border before they fled the country. South Bangkok Criminal Court denied their bail request, citing that they’d already tried to flee once.

A Thai woman filed a complaint at Din Daeng Police Station on Monday claiming that her boss, a Chinese national, was kidnapped and extorted by the police for about 2 million baht. The victim was living in the kingdom illegally, using a fake Thai ID.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.