Ban Chang man arrested for rape of construction worker in tapioca field

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Banglamung police arrested a Ban Chang man for allegedly raping a woman after kidnapping her and her husband.

Thawatchai Boonchim, 37, was captured Jan. 26, a week after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and forced a teenage couple into his Honda Civic at a construction camp in Pong sub-district.

Thawatchai Boonchim denies the charges, even after being positively identified by the victims. Thawatchai Boonchim denies the charges, even after being positively identified by the victims.

The abducted woman, age 18, said Thawatchai forced her 19-year-old husband out of the car and drove her to a tapioca field in Ban Chang where he raped and abandoned her. After finding her way home, she and her husband went to the police with a description of her attacker.

Thawatchai, who denied the charges, is no stranger to the police. His brother, Sittikon Boonchim, the former CEO of Diamond Hill Co., was sentenced to a five-year jail term for defrauding buyers of his company’s Buddhist amulets, defaming the monarchy and unauthorized use of government logos.