Police yesterday arrested three taxi drivers who robbed a Myanmar couple and sexually assaulted the woman on Saturday morning.
The victims, identified by police as Tan Su Oon, 30, and Ei Ei Mun, 26, said they had taken a bus from Mae Sot district in Tak province to Major Cineplex Rangsit where they caught a green and yellow taxi to go to work in Samut Prakan province outside Bangkok.
The victims said their driver, later identified as Sarawuth Lopuay, 30, kept circling around the area and talking on his phone before he stopped to pick up two friends, also taxi drivers, along the way.
When the car reached an isolated location on Chiang Rak road, the three men forced Tan Su Oon out of the vehicle and beat him, taking his mobile phone and THB500 cash. The gang left Tan Su Oon on a roadside dump site and drove away with the woman whom they robbed of a Nokia phone and THB700 cash, Bangkok Post reported.
The men then took Ei Ei Mun, who was two-months pregnant, to an apartment in Don Mueang district and sexually assaulted her, but she was able to escape and seek help from a food vendor. As the victim does not speak Thai, the food vendor asked a motorbike-taxi driver to take her to a BTS construction site nearby where there were Burmese migrant workers. The head of the construction site then contacted the police, according to Nation TV.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend crawled from the dump site and called for help.
Police tracked down and arrested Sarawuth and another taxi driver Chalee Nukhao, 38, who had escaped to Phetchabun province, while the other driver, Anan Iamla-or, 37, turned himself in.
Police confiscated their taxis and charged the drivers with robbery, kidnapping and assault, Post Today reported.
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