Ex-U.S. Marine arrested in Thailand over multimillion dollar kidnap ransom plot

A former U.S. Marine was arrested in Thailand for a suspected $ 3 million kidnapping for ransom revenge.

The 52-year-old Louis William Ziskin caught the Taiwanese businessman Wen Yu Chung (60) in broad daylight on March 28 in a restaurant in Bangkok with the help of three other accomplices.

They were reportedly furious about a failed deal where Chung sold them rubber gloves for 93 million baht ($ 2.95 million) in what turned out to be poor quality.

Louis, along with his compatriot Jeremy Hughes Manchester, 41, Thai police officer Kritsnaporn Thapthawee, 59, and another Thai man Prasit Narit, 28, allegedly demanded money from Chung before he could be freed.

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However, the businessman’s family refused to pay the huge $ 3 million ransom and turned to local authorities for help. This allegedly put the group under pressure and released the Taiwanese people in a hospital before they were arrested on May 15.

Police Lieutenant General Jiraphop Phuridet said Louis and his alleged accomplices had paid 300,000 baht ($ 9,526) bail, but they were required to wear electronic surveillance wristbands to prevent them from escaping the country.

He said, “Your lawyers successfully requested bail. You should wear the bracelets at all times. They were also not allowed to leave Thailand. Chung’s boss, who was also his mother, refused to obey their demands and contacted us to help them deal with the situation.

“The kidnappers then left him in a hospital for medical treatment when he was physically assaulted. The Taiwanese reported the situation to us later. He identified eight people, but we have arrested four of them so far. The others are still in hiding.”

The group reportedly bought nitrile gloves for industrial use in Chung in December 2020, but lost 93 million baht ($ 2.95 million) after the businessman refused to provide replacements. Then they set out to work out a vengeance to make up for some of their losses.

An Israeli detective identified as Michael Greenberg and hired by Louis allegedly planned the kidnapping but was not arrested and police are reportedly still looking for him.

The group was charged with extortion, extortion and kidnapping for ransom, among other things, which they denied.

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