BANGKOK: After being on the run for several months, the alleged mastermind behind the brutal murder of a man at a petrol station in Johor Bahru in December last year has finally been caught in Thailand.
The suspect who is in his 40s and sported a large tattoo on his right arm was apprehended by a team of Thai police officers in Chaiyaphum province, about 260km northeast of Bangkok about 7am today.
“The man is the most sought-after suspect in the murder case. He is the alleged mastermind,” assistant liaison officer for Malaysian police in Thailand Supt Ridzuan Abdul Aziz told Bernama today.
His capture by Thai police this morning followed a request for assistance from Malaysian police several months ago.
Thai police are expected to call a media conference soon to announce the suspect’s arrest and other details surrounding his capture.
They will also explain issues surrounding the man’s impending extradition to Malaysia.
In an interview with Bernama in Bangkok last January, Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd had disclosed that several of the suspects involved in the high-profile petrol station murder case had escaped and gone into hiding in Thailand.
The police, he said, had sought cooperation from their Thai counterparts to track down the suspects.
A video clip of the brutal murder went viral on social media shortly after the Dec 17 incident.
A 44-year-old man known as “Ah Chiu” was stabbed and run over by a white BMW car at the Taman Pelangi petrol station.
The police had charged two suspects last January.