American ‘drug dealer’, girlfriend facing execution in Thailand stage daring escape from courthouse after he ‘stabs a police officer’ during a gunfight
Bart Allen Helmus, his girlfriend Sirinapha Wisetrit fled and their accomplice Noi Ton Nintet, fled the court premises in Pattaya, Thailand, on Monday
Kentucky born Helmus, 39, along with girlfriend Wisetrit, 31, were arrested on drugs offences in July
Helmus and Sirinapha were in a cell when gunfire erupted with the guards
Noi, 41, shot police Captain Thanameth Potiphan and Helmus stabbed the same officer who was rushed to hospital in critical condition
The three fugitives fled, still in chains were caught on CCTV escaping in a waiting getaway truck
along with a third prisoner after an officer was shot and stabbed
American drug trafficking suspect facing execution in Thailand launched daring escapes from courthouse on Monday morning. Bart Allen Helmus escaped from custody following gunfight with police
An American alleged drug dealer and his girlfriend who are facing execution in
Thailand have dramatically escaped from court in a blistering gunfight.
Bart Allen Helmus, 39, is accused of stabbing one of the guards before his accomplice Noi Ton Nintet, 41, allegedly shot the same man in Pattaya on Monday afternoon.
The injured officer, Captain Thanameth Potiphan, was hospitalized but is expected to survive.
Kentucky born Helmus, along with his Thai girlfriend Sirinapha Wisetrit, 31, and the third accomplice Noi, bare feet and still shackled were caught on CCTV dashing out of the cell door with their chains still clamped to their legs.
The video shows one prisoner brandishing a 9mm pistol at officers, while another wrestles a guard to the floor. The officer appears to be writhing around in agony following the altercation.
Footage from the parking lot showed the trio bounding off, one still holding the pistol, where they got into their waiting getaway car, a bronze Isuzu pickup truck.
Noi Ton Nintet shot police Captain Thanameth Potiphan and Helmus stabbed the same officer. Capt. Thanameth was rushed to hospital in a critical condition Suriyan said.
Police described the fugitives as ‘extremely dangerous’ and set up checkpoints and roadblocks in the the area.
Lieutenant General Nanthachart Supamongkhol said the U.S. Embassy had been contacted and all border points were on alert. He added: ‘The three prisoners who escaped were all in chains at the time. We are investigating how they had weapons with them.
‘Officers are checking CCTV to trace the escape route and find the fugitives.’
Drug suspect Bart Allen Helmus, [second left with his Thai girlfriend Sirinapha Wisetrit] after their arrest in July. The duo escaped together on Monday
Police now believe that the fugitives are hiding out in the Chonburi province to wait before fleeing through one of the country’s notoriously porous borders.
Lieutenant General Nanthachart added: ‘The fugitives are extremely dangerous and should not be approached by members of the public.
‘We cannot determine how the prisoners received a 9mm pistol but if we find any accomplices they will be punished severely.’