Pattaya Police Arrest Wanted Japanese Man for Stealing Cop Car and Fleeing Bangkok

Pattaya —

A Japanese tourist, wanted in Japan for a fraud case worth over 20 million yen (4.8 million baht), was arrested in Pattaya on Tuesday, September 12th, after stealing a cop car in Bangkok.

The tourist, Mr. Yuki Yagi, 35, was cornered by Pattaya Police in a rental room on the fifth floor of a hotel in Central Pattaya, Banglamung district, Chonburi Province. The name of the hotel was not identified by police.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Thanit Thaiwatcharamat, the Commander-in-Chief of the Immigration Bureau, told local media that Mr. Yuki was wanted in his home country for his alleged involvement in an embezzlement case, with financial damages totaling over 20 million yen or around 4.8 million baht.

After coordinating with the Japanese Embassy, the police apprehended Mr. Yuki in Bangkok on September 7th and escorted him to the Ratchada Criminal Court for legal proceedings. However, upon arriving at the Suan Phlu Immigration Office after leaving the court, the man persuaded the official driving the car to fetch a wheelchair for him, claiming he was experiencing leg pain and couldn’t walk.

Convinced, the officer left the car. It was at this moment that the Japanese man leaped out of the vehicle’s rear, got behind the wheel, and drove away. He also collided with officers stationed at the gate of the Immigration Office, resulting in minor injuries to them. This incident occurred around 11:17 AM on September 9th and then fled to Pattaya.

Upon further inspection, it was found that Mr. Yuki had also overstayed his visa for an unreported period of time. He is in Pattaya Police custody at the moment and will later be extradited from the country after facing any charges in Thailand related to his escape from custody.

This article originally appeared on our sister website The Pattaya News.

Adam Judd
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