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Antonio Bagnato Arrested In Cambodia, Tyler Gerard Charged

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Antonio Bagnato Arrested In Cambodia Tyler Gerard Charged

Thai police have made significant progress in solving the kidnapping and murder of Australian gangster Wayne Schneider earlier this week in Pattaya.

The prime suspect, Antonio Bagnato, is now in custody in Phnom Penh following his arrest by Cambodian cops on Thursday afternoon at hotel on 82nd Street, according to the kampucheathmey.com news website.

The chief of military police in Phnom Penh’s Daun Pehn district confirmed the capture of Bagnato to local media saying senior officials will co-ordinate with Thai authorities to extradite him back to Thailand.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old American Tyler Gerard, who was captured trying to flee the country on Wednesday morning, has been charged with kidnapping, premeditated murder and concealment of the body following a confession to police of his role in the murder plot.

He told interrogators that he drove a rented pickup to the home of Schneider in the Jomtien Park Villas estate with four others, Bagnato, American Isaac Stetson and two Australians identified only as Jay and Toe, where they beat their victim unconscious before putting the body in the back of the truck and driving to a secluded area in Sattahip district where the gang buried the body.

It is unclear at this time where the killing took place.

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen and two other deputy chiefs, oversaw Gerard re-enact the crime on Friday morning.

Bagnato’s wife, Siriphat Saimart, 25, has been cleared of any involvement in the plot after she was detained and questioned on Wednesday after investigators discovered she had rented the vehicle used by her husband and his gang.

Thai police believe some of the suspects are still hiding in Thailand while others have escaped but expect to make more arrests in the next 48 hours.

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Alleged Hitman Quizzed Over Samut Sakhon Murder

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Alleged Hitman Quizzed Over Samut Sakhon Murder

An alleged hitman wanted in connection with a murder in Samut Sakhon province has been picked up by police in Southern Thailand carrying an illegal firearm and ammunition.

The 34 years old man, identified only as Thanasak, was wanted on a warrant issued by the Samut Sakhon Court on 14 January 2021.

Police had put out an APB to southern provinces as intel led them to believe that was where he had gone on the run following the murder.

Officers at a checkpoint in Thap Sakae District in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province had received information that the suspect was driving a Black Toyota Alphard with a red Bangkok license plate.

On Sunday they spotted the suspects vehicle and immediately arrested him.

A search of the Alphard uncovered a Glock 9mm pistol loaded with one bullet in the chamber, a bag containing a magazine loaded with 13 bullets. A separate red Gucci bag concealing another magazine with 3 bullets and a black box holding a further 41 bullets.

Thanasak was initially charged with a string of firearms offences and will be transferred to Samut Sakhon for questioning regarding the murder he is believed to have carried out.

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Siam Square Feeling The Covid Downturn

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Siam Square Feeling The Covid Downturn

Once-busy Siam Square in Bangkok was eerily quiet on Friday amid a slow-down in shoppers and tourists due to Covid-19.

Footage from the Siam Square centre in the heart of the capital shows many shops have been shuttered and closed.

Shopping malls had previously been packed with tourists from China but holiday travel was stopped in March last year with many restrictions are still in place.



An increase in Covid-19 infections that started in December has seen pubs nightclubs shut while restaurants must follow 9pm closing time guidelines, which the government believes will limit the chances of new coronavirus infections spreading.

Thailand’s Krungsri Bank forecasts that it will be up to three years before tourism returns to its pre-pandemic tourism levels.

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Taj Cafe On Sukhumvit Soi 3 Busted Selling Booze And Baraku

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Taj Cafe On Sukhumvit Soi 3 Busted Selling Booze And Baraku

Sixty-five patrons and staff were arrested in the early hours of Saturday at a restaurant just off Sukhumvit Road in the Nana area of Bangkok for violating the Emergency Decree.

Officers from the Immigration Bureau and Lumpini Police Station raided the Taj Cafe on Sukhumvit Soi 3 just after 1am following a tip-off the restaurant was open selling booze and baraku to customers.

Taj Cafe on Sukhumvit Soi 3

Not only did police find shisha and alcohol sales taking place at the venue masquerading as an Indian restaurant, but they also found 12 people who had entered Thailand illegally and one foreigner on overstay.

All were charged with visa violations and violating the emergency decree.

Fifty-two others, including 42 Thais and 10 foreign nationals, were charged with illegal assembly in violation of the decree.

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The manager Mandeep Singh, a 28-year-old Indian national, was charged with working without a permit, violating the emergency decree and the City Hall closure order and allowing baraku to be smoked on the premises.

All were taken to the Lumpini station for further legal proceedings.

On January 2 the BMA announced the closure of 25 types of businesses, including entertainment venues to contain the spread of Covid-19 following an outbreak in mid-December that began rapidly spreading around the country.

Photo Credit Wassayos Ngamkham

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