Court: More evidence on popcorn gunman

The Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a police request for arrest warrants for three armed men, including one they call the "popcorn gunman", in connection with the Laksi gunfight on Feb 1 due to insufficient evidence and asked for more information.

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The court ruling came a day after investigators sought arrest warrants for three suspects in the Laksi clash on charges of attempted murder. They are Wiwat Yodprasit, 24, Surachet Treenopparat, 49, and Danai (surname unknown).

According to police, Mr Wiwat, a native of Phitsanulok, was said to have fired a gun hidden in a corn bag to protect anti-government protesters during the shoot-out. 

Mr Surachet from Bangkok was photographed holding a pistol while wearing a white T-shirt, a face mask and “PDRC Guard” armband.

Police have been able to identify four more suspects and are gathering evidence to seek court approvals for their arrest.   

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