UPDATE: Bolt Rider Murder Suspect Surrenders in Pattaya, Pleads Innocence

Pattaya —

A Pattaya murder suspect surrendered himself to police on Monday following a fatal shooting that killed a Bolt rider earlier last week. The suspect, however, has said he is innocent and plans to fight the charges.

First our previous story:

A shooting incident in Pattaya resulted in the death of a Bolt driver and injuries to another on February 28th, 2024.

Now for our update:

Mr. Piriyapong Nampetcharoenphon, also known as “U,” surrendered to authorities at 12:30 PM of March 4th, after the Pattaya Provincial Court issued an arrest warrant on him under suspicions of the murder of Mr. Chatchai Phaentong, a 30-year-old rider for the ride-sharing application Bolt.

The 30-year-old Thai man faced charges of conspiracy to commit murder with premeditation, causing serious harm to others, possession of firearms, and carrying firearms in public areas without permission.

Mr. Piriyapong turned himself in with the chief of the Nongprue Police Station, Pol. Col. Thawee Kudthaeng. His arrest stemmed from a previously reported shooting incident that shook the neighborhood of Soi Mab Yai Lia 24 last week, which resulted in one person dead and serious injuries to another individual.

However, according to Pol. Col. Thawee, Mr. Piriyapong only admitted to being present with a group of friends on the day of the incident but maintained his innocence in the shooting. He denied any involvement in murdering the victim and pleaded for a fair and just investigation. He also cited fear and shock surrounding the events as the reason for his initial escape.

Authorities are currently conducting further investigations into the case. Further reports will be provided as more information becomes available.


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