Two Americans and a Thai man have been arrested by the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) for kidnapping a Taiwanese businessman after a business conflict.
According to General Jiraphop Phuridet, 52-year-old American William Z. had commissioned the Collection Company at the end of last year to negotiate the purchase of nitrile gloves with Paddy The Room Trading Company.
Over time, a business conflict arose between the two parties, with the American going for more than 93 million baht. Z. wanted his money back and hired Israeli Michael G., who set up a private detective company in Thailand in 2020. G. and his Thai partner and some foreign employees are said to have planned a kidnapping.
They then contacted 60-year-old Taiwanese Wen Yu C., a representative of the Collection Company in Thailand, on the pretext of purchasing rubber gloves from Paddy The Room Trading Company. They agreed to meet on March 28 at L’Oliva, a restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 36 in Bangkok.
While C. was waiting in the restaurant, G. and his friends came and grabbed him and handcuffed him. They then took him from the restaurant to a room about 200 yards away on NT Place on 36 Soi, where several other people were waiting.
The kidnappers attacked C. and used his phone to call his boss and ask him to pay $ 2 million. They also called his relatives and asked for an additional $ 1 million in exchange for the safe release of C.
The boss and family members contacted the police instead. After the ransom request was denied, the kidnappers took C. to Nadimos Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 24 to release the Taiwanese and take them to the hospital for treatment. Immediately afterwards, the Taiwanese went to the police station to report the crime.
During the police investigation, the names of eight people came to light. Ultimately, seven foreigners and one Thai received arrest warrants. Police arrested 41-year-old American Jeremy Hughes M., his friend Z. and Thai Ekbodin P. in Bangkok. All three denied the charges. Numerous charges were brought against the three, including attempted murder, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
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