Police are searching for a 51 year old security guard who deceived and kidnapped a 17 year old girl. Officers reported that they have managed to track the girl’s phone signal and believe they will make an arrest very soon.
Nipa Pengpuang, the teenager’s aunt, sought assistance on social media after her niece went missing with a security guard she had met on Facebook.
Nipa reported that the guard, posing as a good-looking teenage boy on a fake Facebook profile, promised to buy her niece two mobile phones in exchange for meeting him.
The girl disappeared after going to meet him on Friday, January 20, and Nipa believes she may have been kidnapped and held captive by the man.
The director of Chainart Shelter for Children and Families, Warin Weerasoothorn, told Thairath that she and other relevant departments visited the girl’s house yesterday. Warin said the girl’s mother was bedridden and suffered from depression and several diseases.
The mother informed the officers that she had just discovered her daughter’s disappearance and expressed her concern and desire to care for her daughter personally but due to her declining health, she was unable to do so. She hoped her daughter would return home soon.
Warin added that police officers informed her that they had detected the girl’s phone signal. The police promised that the man would be arrested soon.
The security guard has violated Section 309 of the Criminal Law related to an offence against liberty and reputation: extorting another person to do or not to do any act, putting the fear of injury to life, body, liberty, reputation or property to make another person suffer, or committing violence to force another person to do or not to do any act. The man could face imprisonment for up to three years, a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both.
If the girl was found imprisoned, the man would face more charges according to Section 310 of the Criminal Law. Detaining or confining another person will result in imprisonment for up to three years, a fine of up to 60,000 baht, or both.
There were two similar cases reported this month. A 65 year old woman was kidnapped by two unidentified men two weeks ago and left for dead in the deep forest in the northern province of Lampang. She was helped by authorities while the suspects ran away from arrest.
Another woman, who worked at a karaoke bar in the Isaan province of Loei, disappeared on Sunday, January 15 after going with a customer from the bar, and there was still no development on the 38 year old’s whereabouts.