A video of American drug dealer Bart Allen Helmus, who had been facing the death penalty for drug trafficking, making a bloody and violent escape from a Thai jail has been released. As The Daily Mail reports:
An American alleged drug dealer and his girlfriend who are facing execution in Thailand have dramatically escaped from court in a blistering gunfight.
Bart Allen Helmus, 39, is accused of stabbing one of the guards before his accomplice Noi Ton Nintet, 41, allegedly shot the same man in Pattaya on Monday afternoon.
Helmus, along with his Thai girlfriend Sirinapha Wisetrit, 31, and the third accomplice Noi, were seen dashing out of the cell door with their chains still clamped to their legs.
Breaking urgent news:
Bart Allen Helmus and his wife, a dangerous convicted criminal from America escaped from Pattaya Provincial Court two hours ago in an escape with his wife and two Thai men. One guard was stabbed and in serious condition. #pattaya pic.twitter.com/K2gfAG83i8
— The Pattaya News (@The_PattayaNews) November 4, 2019
CCTV shows one prisoner brandishing a 9mm pistol at officers, while another wrestles a guard to the floor. The officer appears to be writhing around in agony following the altercation.
Thai police have launched a massive manhunt to find the American fugitive and have warned the public that they should be considered armed and dangerous.