An Australian man suspected of major the abduction and murder of a former member of the Hells Angels group in Thailand has fled to Cambodia, Thai police say.
Antonio Bagnato has been named by Thai police as the leader of a 5-man team that beat Wayne Rodney Schneider unconscious and kidnapped him from his house in Pattaya, south of Bangkok, in the early hours of Monday morning.
Mr Schneider’s physique was identified in a roadside grave about 30 kilometres away, right after police tracked the rented getaway vehicle’s GPS.
Pattaya police have told the ABC they now believe their principal suspect has fled the nation.
“We got data that he crossed the border to Cambodia,” Pattaya superintendent Sukthat Pumpanmuang mentioned.
An additional man, a 21-year-old American, has been detained on the Thai-Cambodian border and brought to Pattaya for further questioning.
“The arrest warrant will be issued for the American man tonight,” Superintendent Pumpanmuang stated.
“We believe that he was involved with the abduction and the murder,” he said.
Mr Schneider was a senior member of the Hells Angels in Sydney and was reportedly on a watch-list for drugs and money laundering.
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