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Man arrested for allegedly shooting dead a woman at 7-Eleven store

A former swimming instructor has been arrested for allegedly shooting to death his ex-girlfriends at a convenience store on Rama II road, Bangkok Metropolis, on August 10.

The suspect, 35-year old Pichai Tangchit, was arrested by police on September 12, at the house of a relative in Samut Sakhon province.

A .38 calibre revolver which was believed to be used in killing Ms Chalinthorn Wattanasap, 34, and a motorcycle used in the escape were also seized by the police.

Pichai was accused of shooting to death Ms Chalinthorn at 7-Eleven convenience store on Soi 60 Rama II road in Bang Khun Thian district on August 10. He then escaped and was believed to be hiding in a relative's house in Samut Sakhon.

The suspect allegedly told the police enquiry officers that he had an affair with the victim about two years ago and he, later on, tried to blackmail her, demanding from her 1.5 million baht otherwise he would make public a private video clip between him and her.

However, Ms Chalinthorn lodged a complaint against him with U-thong district police station in Suphan Buri, accusing him of extorting her.

Pol Lt-Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, the commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, police would also take legal action against the suspect's relative for providing him with a safe haven to escape arrest.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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