The single, pulsating heartbeat of Bangkok—Huai Khwang—has increasingly been associated with the renewed vibrancy of a ‘contemporary Chinatown.’ However, this shimmering acclaim is increasingly clouded with an uptick of Chinese nationals orchestrating crimes against their fellow countrymen.
An alleged participant in a recent high-profile robbery that occurred in the bustling district of Huai Khwang, Lui Jian, a 34-year-old Chinese national, found himself under arrest this past Wednesday in Sri Racha, a bustling enclave within Chon Buri. The detention followed a warrant launched by the Criminal Court, charging Mr. Lui with grave offenses such as armed robbery, and the unlawful possession of weapons—namely a firearm and knife, revealed Pol Maj Gen Teeradet Thamsuri, the commanding officer spearheading the Investigation Division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.
Based on police documentation, a dangerous sextet of Chinese nationals—Mr. Lui included—armed to the teeth with firearms and blades, orchestrated a daring domicile invasion within the tranquil environs of the Kesinee Ville housing estate positioned in the Sam Sen Nok region of Huai Khwang on that fateful September 22nd evening. The unsuspecting Chinese residents were out, engaging in a session of invigorating exercise routines.
On the homeowners return, they found their sanctuary violated, with the six invaders relishing in the immense haul of their illicit looting spree—counting among the hefty loot, a lavish Bulgari diamond-encrusted white gold ring, valued at 627,500 baht, and a Cartier diamond-studded white gold ring, with an eye-watering price tag of 1.69 million baht. The intruders also departed with three elegant Chanel handbags, a sturdy Rimowa handbag, and a couple of latest iPhone 14 Pro smartphones, attaining a total bounty of 2.0365 million baht before making their swift exit.
The dedicated investigative efforts of the police began to yield fruits as they successfully procured the identities of the audacious break-in suspects and subsequently landed warrants for their capture. Although some of the culprits managed to evade and sneak out of the country’s borders, on the other hand, Mr. Lui decided to seek refuge right within Thailand, setting up base in Sri Racha’s Bo Win suburb where he procured rental accommodation.
Official apprehension of Mr. Lui was executed at a Chinese restaurant within Bo Win, where he was found socializing over a game of cards with five other Chinese nationals. The entire group was then escorted to the Bo Win police station, where the law now had its firm grip on them.
Mr. Lui maintained his innocence when the charges encapsulated within his arrest warrant were presented to him, facilitated by the assistance of a translator. In the meantime, the area’s law enforcement continues to conduct an active hunt for the remaining robbery suspects still at large.