An American fugitive and his wife who organized a violent escape from a Thai courtroom two days ago were captured today with gunshot wounds after trying to kill themselves in an impasse.
Bart Allen Helmus, 39, and his Thai wife Sirinapha Wisetrit, 41, were surrounded today by police near the Cambodian border and taken to the hospital in a police car.
Helmus turned out not to respond but lived with a head wound on a gun, while his wife was also wounded but conscious.
The couple, who were already confronted with a possible death penalty for drug trafficking, will now be confronted with further charges after the firefight in which they escaped on Monday.
Caught: American fugitive Bart Allen Helmus and his Thai wife Sirinapha Wisetrit are today surrounded by police in a field near the Cambodian border
Injured: The pair was found with gunshot wounds after trying to kill themselves in an impasse in Thailand on Wednesday
A third prisoner who escaped with them, Noi Ton Nintet, 41, was caught in a nearby field in his underpants.
Police lieutenant colonel, Hiran Burana, confirmed that the suspects had been detained and said an escape car they were using had also been restored.
The pick-up in which they initially escaped was found yesterday.
& # 39; All three are questioned when they are stable. We will also catch and punish all those accomplices who helped them escape, "he said.
Jitti Sonthi, the commander of Sa Kaeo's provincial police, said the fugitives were trapped in a sugar cane field about 20 miles from the Cambodian border.
He added: & # 39; A man had a bullet wound and was unconscious and a woman was alive and able to walk.
Discovery: Police said the fugitives were trapped in a sugar cane field about 20 miles from the Cambodian border. A gun was found on the spot
& # 39; We think they could have hidden in the forest for two days and two nights. & # 39;
They are now confronted with additional allegations of attempted murder of a police officer, escaping while in custody, threatening others with weapons, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, carrying a gun in public for no reason and shooting in public for no reason.
The couple initially escaped after a firefight after arriving on Monday afternoon for a trial in Pattaya.
The prisoners, who were chained, were moved from a waiting room to a courtroom when the fight broke out.
CCTV images showed one stabbing a security guard trying to stop them and another forcing a security guard to hand over keys to unlock a secured area so that they could escape in a nearby pickup truck.
Suspects: Bart Allen Helmus appeared at the court in Pattaya, Thailand, with his Thai partner after they were arrested in July for alleged drug offenses
Operation: Police are conducting searches in Pattaya yesterday after the couple organized a violent escape from a courtroom on Monday
Bart Allen Helmus, 39, is accused of stabbing one of the guards before his accomplice Noi Ton Nintet, 41, reportedly shot the same man in Pattaya on Monday afternoon (photo: one of the trio pointing a gun while the other two pointing the door , behind)
An officer, Captain Thanameth Potiphan, is said to have been shot and sustained a stab wound in the fracas.
The police described the fugitives as & # 39; extremely dangerous & # 39; and established checkpoints and roadblocks in the area.
Thai authorities said the US embassy had been contacted and that all border points were alert.
The couple were initially arrested in July this year after the police reportedly found a supply of drugs and weapons in their apartment.
Police claim they found 35 oz of crystal meth, a 200-bullet gun, a set of scales, and 205.00 Baht ($ 6,650) in the attack.
Allegedly Helmus ordered the medication from the & # 39; dark web & # 39; before they were sold to customers around Thai & # 39; Sin City & # 39; resort.
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