Huay Yai police seek 4 for kidnapping, shooting of Nonthaburi pair

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Huay Yai police are seeking two central Thailand men and two women for the kidnapping and attempted murder of a pair of Nonthburi men in the Banglamung sub-district.

Arrest warrants were issued Aug. 20 for Punya Kranud, 40, of Pathumthani, and Khomsan Kerdkaew, 31, of Pranakorn Sri Ayuthaya; and two women identified only as “May” and “Bow” in the Aug. 19 kidnapping and shooting of Suriyawuth Luaprasong, 32, and Sakda Mongkolrud, 33.

Suriyawuth was shot three times in the chest, but survived after feigning his own death.

Police have released these photos of the suspects and ask for help in locating them. Police have released these photos of the suspects and ask for help in locating them.

Huay Yai Police Lt. Col. Phaksuwat Chomthanorm alleged Punya was behind the kidnapping plot, as he was angry with Suriyawuth over the victim’s alleged affair with the kidnapper’s girlfriend. Phaksuwat added that a dispute over drugs also played into the crime.

Suriyawuth and Sakda were forced into a Japanese-model vehicle in Nonthaburi that had license plates belonging to Punya’s Mercedes-Benz, Phaksuwat said. The kidnappers then took the two men to a house in Huay Yai were they were shot.

Investigators enlisted Punya’s girlfriend to assist in capturing him, but the move failed and the men remain at large.