A Chinese tourist was abducted by two suspects at Royal City Avenue (RCA), a famous entertainment venue in Bangkok.
The abduction took place on April 17th when the victim, a 28-year-old female Chinese solo tourist, went to RCA in Bangkok and met an unidentified Chinese man who subsequently invited her to an apartment he rented in the Rama 9 area.
The victim, whose name was withheld by Thai police, was then tied up by the suspect at the apartment. There was another man hiding in the unit. The suspects seized the victim’s mobile phone, cash, and other belongings worth 427,000 baht. They also physically assaulted the woman, having hit her in the face, according to the victim’s statements with police.
In the early hours of April 18th, the two suspects left the apartment for Suvarnabhumi airport and fled Thailand. The woman was rescued and disclosed that she did not know the suspects upon police questioning.
Huai Kwang Police who are responsible for the case and the Foreign Affairs Division are contacting Interpol to issue a Red Notice to arrest the two Chinese men.
In a similar case, a wealthy Chinese man was abducted in a plastic box for a ransom recently. His Thai ex-girlfriend who was a beauty contestant were among those arrested.
RCA has also been in the news recently for an outrageous shooting that took place at the venue during the Songkran festival as can be read about here.
In another shocking case, several Chinese men abducted a Chinese woman attending college in Bangkok for ransom and murdered her when the family of the victim thought the situation was a prank.
Ransom cases involving Chinese nationals have become common in recent months, even in Pattaya during this shocking case that took place in broad daylight and reportedly stemmed from a business dispute.
Top Thai police have sworn to curb the trend of abductions and ransoms and are cooperating with the Chinese embassy to help stop the problem. Some tactics that are being used are closer scrutiny of Chinese nationals criminal histories who are visiting Thailand as well as further review of visa extensions for Chinese nationals.
As a result, the Chinese embassy currently has to give manual approval for any Chinese national who files for a longer visa extension in Thailand.