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American suspect to be detained

Police on Monday sought court approval to detain American rape suspect Robert Gordon for another 12 days.

Pol Col Preecha Kengsarikit, chief of Muang Khon Kaen police station, said investigators opposed bail, citing concern the suspect might try to flee. 

The 37-year-old man faces counts of sexual abuse and assaulting a 45-year-old masseuse at a massage shop in Muang district on Sept 27. The charges are violent physical assault, rape and illegally detaining another person.

Pol Col Preecha said Mr Gordon would face additional charges. He is also accused of obscenely molesting a 13-year-old girl in Ban Phai district on the same day. The girl was rescued by members of the public .

According to police, Mr Gordoi had quarrelled with his Thai wife in Amnat Chareon province two months ago and left on a motorcycle to Khon Kaen. 

He fled on the same bike to Bangkok on the day of the alleged offences in Khon Kan. He was arrested on Saturday at a hotel in Soi Nana, downtown Bangkok.

Mr Gordon allegedly told police he was high on drugs at the time of the alleged offences. 

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A police officer holds Robert Gordon’s passport against his chest, checking the embedded photo matches the suspect, during his arrest at a hotel in Soi Nana in Bangkok on Saturday. (Police photo)

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