Four inmates recaptured, five still loose after escaping from a Nakhon Pathom prison yesterday

Nakhon Pathom –

Four out of nine male prisoners who had escaped from the Thung Noi temporary prison in Nakhon Pathom in the early hours of Saturday, December 11th, were recaptured within the day while the remaining escapees were being looked for in a large-scale manhunt by authorities.

The male inmates reportedly fled from military detention at around 2:30 A.M. after testing for Covid-19 health screening and waiting for transfer to the main prison, according to Police Lieutenant Colonel Thanisorn Ekkarattanarat, the investigation chief of Sam Khwai Phuak police station.

Nine of them – six were facing drug charges, two were facing theft charges, and one was detained for alleged physical abuse – reportedly used a saw to cut the window bars of their shelters. Police also found parts of blades nearby the scene.

An expanding investigation led to the arrest of the first two escapees, Natthakorn Matwangsaeng, 24, who was charged with theft and Ekkarat Paengklan, 18, who was charged for drug offenses. Another two, Paithoon Mekhlongbaeng, 36, who was charged with drug offenses and Veerachet Thepchu, 28, who was charged with theft, was captured later in the afternoon of the same day.

The manhunt for the remaining prisoners is undergoing with the cooperation of related official departments as they were considered a threat to the society, the officials stated.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.