School director arrested as the man who killed 3 in Lopburi gold robbery


LOPBURI — Police on Wednesday said they apprehended a man who shot several people of which three were killed, including a 2-year-old boy, during a gold store heist at a shopping mall in Lopburi.

After weeks of intense search, 38-year-old Prasithchai Khaokaew has been arrested and is being interrogated as of publication time. According to the police, the man who shot seven people while he robbed the gold store on January 9 works as a school director in Singburi province.

Not many details were given but on the school website, Wat Pho Chai School listed him as its director.

Two days after the killing, a photo of him dining at a restaurant together with his partner was uploaded on his social media account, Khaosod English reported.

A teacher who works at the same school said Prasittichai is a gun enthusiast who owns several firearms, but he expressed disbelief at the arrest. He described Prasittichai as a “friendly” person who easily gets along with anyone, the report added.

“I’m really shocked, and I still don’t believe it’s really him. I’d like to listen to what the police have to say first,” said the teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “How is it possible?”

Amnat Wichayanuwat, sec-gen of the Office of Basic Education Commission, said Prasithchai would be fired from his post if his crime is proven in the court.

This is a developing story and may be updated without notice.

Source: Khaosod English

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