German Who Held Bankers Wife For €2.5m Ransom, Captured In Thailand

Published on 30th June 2015 by Stickboy BKK

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A German man wanted on kidnapping and extortion charges in his homeland was arrested by Thai Immigration Police this week in the Den Chai district of Phrae province.

Earlier this month 52-year-old Mario Schaefer had kidnapped the wife of a Munich banker at gunpoint from her home in the city and then demanded a ransom of €2.5m otherwise he’d kill her. However, the woman managed to escape from the apartment he had rented to hold her hostage until his demands were met.

This led Schaefer to flee Germany and go on the run until he was finally tracked down and captured after almost three weeks in the northern Thai province. On his return he will be charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping and attempted extortion and if found guilty he will be looking at up to 15 years in prison.

The kidnapper was one of six foreign fugitives paraded at a press conference yesterday by Pol Maj-General Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3.

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