Sunny Burns, an Australian model and actor, was horrified when he saw his photographs being compared on social media with a man who carried out a deadly bomb blast in Bangkok’s commercial district.
They leave the scene just before the suspected bomber walks away from the shrine.
The warrant, issued by Bangkok’s Southern Criminal Court, accuses an “unnamed foreigner” of conspiracy to commit “premeditated murder” among other charges, linked to the bomb that killed 22 people on Monday.
Police are questioning the two suspects and authorities say a total of 10 people are suspected of involvement.
The attack in Bangkok happened at the Erawan shrine, a popular destination with tourists from China and other east Asian countries.
Thai police last evening released a sketch of a young bespectacled “foreign man” who carried out the bombing and is believed to be part of the over 10-member network.
Thai police Wednesday offered a reward of 1 million baht (28,000 dollars) for information helping them capture the suspect behind the blasts in Bangkok this week, and said he was helped by a local network.
Somyot Poompanmoung said the suspect “looks like a foreigner” but “might have been in a disguise and wearing a fake nose” to hide his identity.
Authorities in Thailand say the two men handed themselves in to police and are now being questioned. Won Ji-hyun, Arirang News.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha initially said the attack was Thailand’s problem and should be resolved internally.
The Hindu Erawan Shrine, popular with tourists and Buddhists, reopened on Wednesday.
National police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri said the two men were “definitely” no longer suspects.
The premier noted that CCTV cameras at both the Rajprasong intersection – where the blasts outside the temple occured – and Sathorn pier have given authorities clear indications of the suspects’ movements.
Sunny Burns, a 26-year-old actor and model, immediately gained notoriety when his Facebook photos were compared to the description of the alleged man who left a bomb at the said area on Tuesday, which left 22 people dead.
Those killed included several Thai victims, six Chinese, a Malaysian family of four, an Indonesian, a Singaporean woman, and a British teenager.
And on Thursday, they described him as “Caucasian, Arab or mixed race”, 20-to-30 years of age, and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, the Bangkok Post reported. Thai officials downplayed suggestions that Muslim separatists from the country’s south were involved, saying it did not match their methods.