He didn’t give the clerk a chance to even open the register.
When: December 28th, 2020
Where: Bang Khae district, Bangkok
Perpetrators: Mr. Suwan Na Thompol, 40
Victims: Ms. Sutchai Buavilai
What: On December 28th, 2020, Bangkok police arrested Mr. Suwan Na Thompol, 40, a whole 13 years after he robbed a 7-11 and shot a clerk dead. The victim, Ms. Sutchai Buavilai, had not time to react as Mr. Thompol said “this is a robbery” and shot her down.
The robbery and murder happened on June 16th, 2007 drove a Honda Wave motorbike without license plates, parked in front of the 7-11 in Ban Suan Thon, Thung Khru, Bangkok. He entered the store, pointed the gun at the victim, said “this is a robbery” and shot her dead.
Mr. Thompol then tried to open the cash register but it wouldn’t open. He fled the scene with a Mr. Nuttawut, who was driving the motorbike. Mr. Nuttawut had already been arrested for being an accomplice in the crime.
Mr. Thompol has been on the lam for 13 years and finally was arrested for the crimes.
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My take: Although it’s a wretched sort of crime, to murder a 7-11 girl over a few baht – and not even get the baht out of the register – we are glad that the Thai police have stuck to the case for 13 years and are bringing this prick to justice.
When stories like this hit our desk, it always makes us wonder: why did it take so long? And was there somebody who encouraged the arrest after all this time?
Two questions that will go unanswered, but keep our curiosity nonetheless.
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