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Thai-Belgian bridge arson suspect arrested

A 31-year-old man suspected to torch the Thai-Belgian bridge was arrested today.

Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn said at a press conference this morning that the arsonist, identified as Samrarn Muangkhieu, alias Ake Lock One, was apprehended from the Thanyaburi welfare home for the homeless in Pathumthani province.

The commissioner said Ake was the leader of a gang which operates car windshield cleaning at Henri-Dunang- Wireless road.

At the conference, Ake admitted of causing fire at the bridge.

He recalled that on that night he had acute stomachache, prompting him to climb over a fence to relieve himself. He smoked and later threw the cigarette butt at the bin where dried leaves and branches were laid beside.

Shortly after climbing out, he walked along Rama 4 to Saladaeng. As he looked back to the bridge, he saw smokes billowing out of the bridge. He alerted his friends but nobody paid attention to what he said.

Fearing that he might be caught for starting the fire at the bridge, he ran to Wat Hua Lampong where he was later rounded up by authorities and sent to the Thanyaburi home for the homeless.

Police said they will charge him for causing fire with recklessness.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)