Jesus Solves: Tattoo of Christ identifies Buddhist monk as murder suspect on the run

The mastermind behind the shocking petrol station stabbing that happened last year in Johor Baru has been found in Thailand, in spite of his best efforts to turn over a new leaf, and become a Buddhist monk.

Thai police knew they had their man after the 36-year-old suspect was busted near his temple with a tell-tale tattoo on his arm. Police called the large Jesus Christ arm-tatt the “smoking gun” in revealing the suspect’s identity. His physical appearance had changed drastically since adopting the eating regimen of a Buddhist monk, and only having one meal a day.

Police admit to being unsure whether the man they spotted at a temple compound in the Chaiyaphum province of Thailand was in fact the same one in the photo that had been provided by Malaysian police, so different was the before and after weight loss. He had adopted his newly pious life in January this year, shortly after petrol station murder.

However, the “Phra Yesu” (Jesus Christ) arm piece was the dead give-away, and at 7am Tuesday morning, the man and his wife were arrested. They added that smaller tattoos also confirmed that he was the man in question. Chaiyaphum is 260km northeast of Bangkok.

Performing a “merit-making” rituals in conjunction with Wesak Day, the two were unceremoniously taken in by cops, bringing to an end a six-month manhunt for the gory crime’s mastermind. Video of the murder went viral across social media, with many shocked that such a brutal murder could take place in such a public venue.

Several men and women were arrested in relation to the crime, and two were charged in court last February.

There you have it folks, some say Jesus Saves (Ed. Note: Hi, grandma!), but in the case – Jesus Solves. Dun dun.


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