An American fugitive has been arrested in Thailand on suspicion of stabbing his pregnant wife to death and dumping her body in the trash.
Jason Balzer, 30, had a falling out with Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32, over his purchase of a new bike before stabbing her repeatedly at their Nan home on Sunday.
Balzer is reported to have fled the next day and was arrested on Thursday 200 miles away in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where he was staying with friends.
Police detained him for hours after discovering Pitchaporn’s body put in a bin pushed into a ditch. There were stab wounds on her torso.
Balzer – who arrived in Thailand in 2019 after reportedly released on bail on assault charges in Colorado – was arrested on charges of murder but has not yet been charged.
Jason Balzer, 30, argued with Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32, over his purchase of a new bike before allegedly stabbing her repeatedly at their home in Nan on Sunday (photo yesterday during his arrest)
Pitchaporn Kidchob, 32, met the American in Phuket last year
Police detained Balzer for hours after discovering Pitchaporn’s body put in a bin pushed into a ditch. There were stab wounds on her torso.
Balzer is seen in his arrest on Thursday after traveling 200 miles from the home he shared with his wife
Balzer is seen with the police on Thursday after his detention
He is said to have told police that he killed his wife for nagging him and complaining about a new motorcycle he bought himself.
In a police interview, Balzer said, “I was furious when she yelled at me for buying a new bike, so I stabbed her. I really had no idea she was pregnant.
‘I quit my job and sold everything to settle with her in Thailand. But lately she showed me no affection, refused to sleep with me and told me to return to my country. ‘
A photo of Balzer taken in Colorado before allegedly skipping bail. He was arrested on charges of attempted murder after allegedly attempting to have sex with his ex-girlfriend who refused and attacked her with a gun. The charges were later downgraded to physical violence.
Agents continued to interrogate Balzer all night and put him in custody while preparing charges against him.
Police Lieutenant General Prachuab Wongsuk said they wanted to collect all the evidence before pressing charges against Balzer.
The police officer said: ‘Jason met Pitchaporn in Phuket while on vacation and then married her. They moved back to her hometown.
However, they had been arguing a lot lately. The culprit eventually snapped when she scolded him. She demanded that he leave her alone.
Jason stabbed her twice before taking her body to a forest to get rid of the evidence. He hid the body in a trash can and put it on the back of a pickup truck.
‘The box was sealed with tape and placed in a specific place where bushes hid everything. He fled to Chiang Mai to stay with his friends, as the province has more foreigners than Nan, which allows him to mingle. ‘
The police is removing a green waste bin from the ditch. Pitchaporn’s body was found in the tank with stab wounds
The engine that Balzer would have seen fleeing earlier this week
Camera footage reportedly showing Balzer fleeing his home in Nan
Balzer and his wife. The couple met in Phuket in 2020 and got married about a year after they started dating
Neighbors told police they overheard couple arguing the night Pitchaporn was allegedly murdered
Pitchaporn’s devastated mother collapsed in tears when the body was found. She said her daughter had a fight with Balzer the day she disappeared.
When she could not reach her by cellphone, she visited their house, but was shocked when her daughter was not there. There were blood stains on a bed, washing machine and around the house and the mattress was missing.
After her daughter’s body, Pitchaporn’s mother Anong Tanya, 52, said, ‘I checked their house and Jason had also left a letter to confuse the police before escaping.
‘I couldn’t sleep while thinking about my daughter. I cried until I had no more tears. I had hoped he would take her alone and she’s still alive. Now that I know she’s dead, I’m devastated. ‘
Mother-in-law Anong Tanya, 52, claimed her son-in-law was known as a ‘bad mood’
Neighbors claimed the couple had heard they had an argument before Balzer drove his motorcycle out of the house
Balzer and his wife are seen drinking coffee together in a photo uploaded to social media
Balzer was released from Longmont, Colorado in 2019 for physical assault before moving to Thailand in 2020.
He was arrested on charges of attempted murder after allegedly attempting to have sex with his ex-girlfriend who refused and attacked her with a gun. The charges were later downgraded to physical violence.
He met Pitchaporn in Phuket and they dated for a year before they got married.