Wanted Public Toilet Rapist Arrested

Still image from a security camera of the suspect police are seeking for the sexual assault of a 20-year-old student inside a public toilet June 26 near Bangkok’s Bang Na Junction.

BANGKOK — A suspect wanted in connection with a sexual assault that took place in a public restroom was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Ekkaphol Saetiew, 31, was arrested at Sanam Luang Thursday afternoon. He is now being taken to the unisex public restroom near Bang Na Junction where he is accused of raping a 20-year-old woman for a re-enactment of the crime, according to Police Col. Nopsilp Poonsawat.

Ekkaphol was identified by police by footage from a security camera. The arrest warrant for him was issued on Monday.

Police said Ekkaphol was also convicted of drug-related charges several times between 2011 and 2014, according to his criminal record.

The rape on June 26 prompted an outburst of concern about public safety. Following that interim metro police chief Sanit Mahathavorn said anyone is welcome to use the toilets at any police station nationwide, 24 hours a day.

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