Chinese Hostage Situation in Pattaya Resolved But Questions Remain

Pattaya —

A Chinese woman and her brother have been safely released today, March 22nd, after being abducted by their fellow Chinese. One suspected kidnapper was arrested while another fled back to China.

First our previous story:

A Chinese woman has been abducted while getting her kid at a school in Pattaya. Her husband filed a complaint with the police, saying the suspects wanted 4.7 million baht in exchange for his wife’s freedom.

Now for our update:

Police last night apprehended a Chinese national at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11 PM in reported connection with the kidnapping of a Chinese woman and her brother on Monday. The man was about to abscond from Thailand to China, according to police, however, his accomplice had already managed to flee to Shanghai.

Thai police on Monday began an intense investigation after Ms. Shan Qi Qiang, 33, and her brother were reported missing by Qiang’s husband, Mr. Ma Mingshan, 33. The officers searched several locations in Pattaya and Rayong after they were able to detect the abductors’ communication signal while they were demanding 4.7 million baht from the hostage’s husband.

Mingshan transferred 970,000 baht to the kidnappers before his wife’s car was discovered abandoned in the Banglamung district of Chonburi by police. The officers noted the Chinese husband, who is a businessman, was not so cooperative, and suspected that he probably knew the suspects.

At 4 AM today, March 22nd, Mingshan’s wife and his brother were safely released and returned home in Pattaya. The two were not injured but seemed weak, according to police.They are being interviewed by the officers as of press time who are still trying to determine the steps that caused the incident to take place.

Adam Judd
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