American suspect in Bangkok kidnap for ransom case arrested at airport

Photo via Crime Suppression Division

Police arrested an American man, another suspect in the kidnap for ransom case in Bangkok, at the Suvarnabhumi Airport just as he was preparing to leave the country. 38 year old Matthew Wilson is the tenth suspect to be arrested for alleged involvement in the abduction of a Taiwanese businessman after a failed business deal. Other suspects include 2 other American men, said to be former US Marines, and 3 senior Thai police officers.

Back in March, a Taiwanese businessman was abducted in broad daylight from the L’Oliva restaurant in Bangkok’s Thong Lor area off Sukhumvit Road. Reports say he went to the restaurant to “resolve” a disagreement over the 93 million baht sale of rubber gloves. Apparently, the businessman had sold a large amount of gloves for around million baht, but the quality was much lower than expected. The businessman’s family say the kidnappers demanded US$3 million for his release.

The abduction at the restaurant was caught on CCTV cameras. Wilson allegedly was involving in restraining the businessman at the restaurant and forcefully taking him out to another place, according to Crime Suppression Division commander Suwat Sangnum. Wilson now faces charges for illegal assembly, attempted murder, extortion and abduction for ransom.

Police say Wilson had just entered immigration at the airport, preparing to board a flight out of Thailand, when he was arrested.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.


  1. Since I’ve been reading comments on sites here in Thailand, when people who r not American or European commits a crime the next thing u see is so many stupid white orangutans bash & make stupid comments.

    But as soon as the criminal is yellow orangutans then they hide under their beds , lol , it only shows that these type of people are hypocrites, that’s why I laugh at them because I know they’re just idiots.

    Let this American rot in jail and i hope he doesn’t buy his way out , most of them here are into criminal activities but they do know how to hide, they tell u they own a coffee shop or some type of office for cover up lol.

  2. Should have slipped out of the country and disappeared into the night like yingluk did.if a middle age mother can do it would have thought it would be a piece of cake for a special forces/James bond/don corleone Wannabe.walking straight up to immigration officials with your passport in hand does not look like a very cunning plan to me.

  3. If they really want to catch you then you’ll be caught. No doubt The Boss’s family members paid off all parties involved.

    Prosecutors say they can’t indict until he’s arrested. They have no problem indicting others they wanted put away.

    An example of why most wealthy people would never consider living in Thailand.

  4. @Ben – complete opposite ben.heaps of very wealthy people live in pattaya for just that reason.when the UK and Spain decided to implement the extradition treaty there was a flood of very wealthy folk’s who moved from Marbella to Pattaya just before it took effect.

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