Colorado Man Fatally Stabs Pregnant Wife, Police Say

Police in Thailand have charged a man from Colorado with murdering his Thai wife — who was three months pregnant.

Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was arrested on Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

According to Major General Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5's Detective Department, Balzer confessed to killing his 32-year-old wife Pitchaporn Kidchob.

Police said Balzer had been on the run from them since earlier this week — he fled his home in the northern city of Nam shortly after Kidchob disappeared. When searching for Balzer and his wife, police found that his mattress was stained with blood.

Balzer was found on Thursday to be staying with friends in Chiang Mai, and was interrogated on Friday in Nan, said police Lieutenant Colonel Somkiat Ruam-ngern.

Baltzer, from Longmont, reportedly told police that he killed his wife because she had complained about a new motorcycle he bought himself. The police officer said Balzer became furious when she tried to chase him out of the house, so he stabbed her wife with a knife.

"I was furious when she yelled at me for buying a new motorbike so I stabbed her. I really had no idea that she was pregnant," he reportedly said in a police interview.

"I quit my job and sold everything to settle down in Thailand with her. But lately, she showed me no affection, refusing to sleep with me and telling me to return to my country."

Police detained him hours after discovering Kidchob's body inside a bin that had been hidden in a ditch roughly five kilometers from their house. There were stab wounds on her torso, according to reports.

Balzer was charged with murder, which carries a maximum penalty of death. It was unclear if Balzer had a solicitor representing him.

Weerachon said that Balzer met Kidchob in 2017 in Thailand, and they married in the United States. He later quit his job, sold all his property, and moved to Nan with his wife, the newspaper Thai Rath reported, citing Provincial Police Region 5 commander Prachuab Wongsuk.

Balzer already had a criminal history. Longmont Times-Call reported that in December 2019 he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault in Boulder District Court and was sentenced to two years of probation. Police said he that originally faced a murder charge after a gun went off while Balzer was threatening a woman with it, but he later pleaded to a misdemeanor count. Balzer traveled to Thailand after he was sentenced to probation.

The Greeley Tribune reported that Balzer and another man were stopped by police in December last year and law enforcement seized 79 firearms.

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A stock photo of police tape. Police in Thailand have charged Jason Matthew Balzer from Colorado with murdering his Thai wife — who was three months pregnant. Johannes Eisele/Getty