Police arrest shooting suspect
The suspect in the road rage shooting of a Thai Airways International flight captain last week has been arrested in Phangnga province, police said.
Parisorn Huayhongthong, otherwise known as Nanthapong, 26,is accused of having fired several shots at the vehicle driven by Poolwit Ruengdech on the night of Jan 13.
The 53-year-old Thai Airways flight captain was hit in the left shoulder as he drove to Suvarnabhumi airport.
Phra Khanong District Court on Sunday approved a warrant for the arrest of Mr Parisorn for attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm in public.
Kunthon Chalardpaet, Thai Muang district police chief, said Mr Parisorn was arrested yesterday outside Srivara Restaurant in Thai Muang district of Phangnga province.
Pol Col Kunthon said police traced the suspect from his mobile phone records, which showed he had contacted a relative who lived in the district.
Police apprehended him while he was parking a Chevrolet pickup truck at the restaurant.
Police searched the car, which had no licence plate, and found three 11mm guns with some bullets, he said.
Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau chief Sumeth Ruangsawat said Mr Parisorn confessed after interrogations in Bangkok to firing at Lt Poolwit's car after the pilot flashed his lights at him.
After the incident, Mr Parisorn fled to Rayong, where he stayed with a relative, before moving to Thai Muang.
He also told police that he regretted what he had done and wished he had better self-control.
Police said they would bring Mr Parisorn to take part in a reenactment of the crime today.
Lt Poolwit said he understood Mr Parisorn fired at him out of anger, but said it was dangerous for a person who admitted he could not control his anger to possess a gun.
At 10pm on Jan 13, Lt Poolwit was passing the Thab Chang section on the motorway when a white Toyota Fortuner came up behind his BMW.The Fortuner's lights were on high beam and bright so Lt Poolwit allowed the Fortuner to overtake him. He flashed his headlights at the driver and that led to the shooting.
Parisorn Huayhongthong is accused of having fired several shots at the vehicle driven by Poolwit Ruengdech.
On the night of Jan 13.
By Bangkok Post