On Tuesday, the authorities sought arrest warrants for three individuals implicated in the murder of a 62-year-old German property broker.
These arrests were made following the discovery of the dismembered remains of Hans Peter Ralter Mack in a freezer within a Chokchai Garden Home 1 Village property in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Identified as the prime suspects in this case are Petra Christl Grundgrief and Olaf Thorsten Brinkmann, both of German nationality, along with Sahrukh Kareem Uddin, a Pakistani possessing Thai citizenship.
Grundgrief was arrested at a South Pattaya condominium, whereas Brinkmann was detained in Bangkok before being transported to the Nongprue Police Station in Chonburi.
An additional German suspect, known as Enrico, was taken into custody for managing a criminal account intended to accept the victim’s money transfer.
Another person of interest in the case is Nicole Frevel, a German woman with a disability who rented the residence where the remains of businessman’s body were found.
She was located in a restaurant close to the condominium where Mack’s vehicle was discovered and subsequently transported to Banglamung Hospital to receive care for a self-inflicted wrist injury.
Frevel informed the authorities that Brinkmann had delivered the freezer to her house and had threatened her when she inquired about its contents.
Deputy National Police Chief, Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn, mentioned that Sahrukh remains at large, and stated that the suspects are affiliated with an international criminal organization involved in drug trafficking that operates from Thailand.
The group is believed to have planned to rob Mack of his 3 million baht over a period of roughly one month.
He mentioned that the stolen money was transferred to around 10 illegal accounts and the police will be seeking additional arrest warrants for other illegal account managers, as they are believed to still be in Thailand.
Surachate also pledged to direct immigration police to combat all international criminal groups in Pattaya and Nong Prue district to prevent future kidnapping incidents.