Suspect arrested after three students shot to death near burning motorbike on roadside in Krabi

Krabi –

A suspect has been arrested after three students were shot to death near a burning motorbike on a roadside in Krabi.

The Khao Phanom Police in Krabi were notified of the incident early this morning (September 6th) at 2:00 A.M. on the Khao Phanom – Thung Yai Road in the Pru Teaw sub-district in the Khao Phanom district.

They arrived at the scene to find the burning motorbike on the roadside. Nearby the rescue teams found the bodies of three students all aged 18 who were Mr. Nontapat with a gunshot wound to his face, Ms. Pantira with a gunshot wound to her back, and Ms. Natnicha with a gunshot wound to her left back. They were all students at a school in Khao Phanom.

Police checked CCTV nearby before they found the suspect’s black BMW sedan. They tracked the vehicle down due to a visible license plate to a garage in Khao Phanom. They later arrested the suspect Mr.Teerasak ‘Toi’ Boonrueng, 42, the garage owner.

Teerasak told police that he had taken two methamphetamine pills prior to the incident and became paranoid, thinking that someone would kill him.

Police said he was driving the BMW sedan before crashing into the motorbike carrying the three teenagers which was coming from the opposite lane. He shot the students to death before burning the motorbike following the accident, claiming they were trying to kill him. The parties did not know each other and the teens were not armed and according to individuals who viewed the CCTV did not threaten the suspect in any way.

The horrific crime has shocked Thai social media and the suspect remains in custody.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.