Pattaya Police seek arrest warrant for Songkran Shooting suspect

Pattaya Police are in the process of applying for an arrest warrant for a 25 year old man suspected of shooting a Songkran Festival reveler in North Pattaya on 19th April, who is suspected of kicking the wing mirror of the suspects motorbike, reportedly by accident.

As the Songkran festivities were winding down on Saturday evening, Khun Tanawoot aged 34, a local tattoo artist, was drinking and dancing with friends in front of Soi 2 on Pattaya Third Road, when his foot struck the wing mirror of a passing motorbike.

Although the identity of the driver is unknown, thanks to witnesses who recognized the passenger, Police are now in possession of full details, including photos, of the alleged shooter.

The suspect wanted in connection with the shooting was named as Khun Akarawoot aged 25. Two witnesses, Khun Wacharin aged 28 and Khun Pailin aged 36, came forward and provided Police with information on the shooter on Wednesday afternoon.

An application for an arrest warrant has now been lodged with the Pattaya Provincial Court and Police are confident they will be able to apprehend the suspected shooter in due course.

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Songkran Festival revenge shooting injures man in North Pattaya

A 36 year old man was shot in the arm as two youths were involved in a drive-by shooting in front of a Motorbike Repair Shop in the early hours of Tuesday.

A total of ten 9mm bullet casings were recovered by Police who attended the scene of the shooting in front of the Na Klang Motocross Motorbike Repair Shop in the Northern outskirts of Pattaya.

Khun Tersak was sent to Hospital leaving his wife, Khun Pacharin, to explain the incident to Police. It began when her Husband awoke and went to the Toilet. 4 shots were heard, one of them hitting Khun Tersak who stopped his wife from turning on the lights in the house. A further 6 shots were expelled and caused damage to the victims repair shot and a neighboring house.

Two Thai Men were seen leaving on a bike in the direction of the Sukhumvit Road, and it is thought the shooting occurred as a result of a confrontation involving the victim’s young son and a group of youths in front of the shop on 18th April. On this day the Naklua area was celebrating the Songkran Festival and the altercation is thought to have occurred due to excessive water fighting in front of the shop.

Police are now searching for the shooter and his accomplice who remain at-large for now.

Prostitutes and other criminal elements removed from Pattaya Beach

In the early hours of Tuesday Pattaya Police conducted a search for prostitutes and other suspected criminal elements on Pattaya Beach.

A total of 50 women and Ladyboy’s were detained and taken to Pattaya Police Station where their details were taken and a criminal history search was made to ensure that none of the detainees were currently wanted in connection with a previous crime.

The Pattaya Police Chief ordered the operation as he is concerned that those who loiter on Pattaya Beach in the early hours of the morning may be planning to commit crimes against Tourists or may be involved in prostitution which can tarnish the image of the City, especially as the ASEAN Economic Community, which begins in 2015, will open up Thailand and Pattaya to the rest of the region. Local government officials are concerned that Pattaya will only be known for its sex industry and crime.

In a move which is unlikely to deter those detained from returning to their original activities, each person was fined 100 Baht and sent on their way.

Chinese Tourist drowns off the coast of Pattaya Island

Sea Rescue Units were scrambled to a beach on Larn Island, 4kms off the coast of Pattaya, on Monday Morning to deal with a drowning incident involving a foreign tourist.

The body of Mr. Guo Burong aged 57 from China, had already been pulled from the water off the coast of Thong Lan Beach on the Island. Attempts at resuscitation were made without success.

The victims distraught family were initially comforted by Khun Pojanan, a Tour Guide, who told us that Mr. Burong was last seen 20 meters from the shoreline and did not appear to be in any difficulty at the time.

For now the reason for the drowning is not known. A post mortem examination will take place as Chinese Embassy officials offer consular assistance to the family of the victim who are waiting for answers as to why their lived-one drowned.

Russian suspected of shoplifting White Rum at Big C North Pattaya

On Monday afternoon Police were called to Big C in North Pattaya after Security Guards had detained a 49 year old Russian who was accused of shoplifting 3 bottles of White Rum.

Police arrested Mr. Vladimir Titov who was caught with the three bottles worth 148 Baht each. He was seen on security cameras firstly taking one bottle and then taking a further 2 bottles after he had gone back to the entrance to take a basket. After that he was seen to enter the Changing Rooms in the clothing section and is believed to have consumed some of the Rum and transferred some into an empty plastic water container.

At Pattaya Police Station Mr. Titov claimed he had just split from his long-time Thai girlfriend who had returned to Buri Rum Province with her possessions and his money. For this reason he could not pay for the Rum so decided to steal it instead.

Knowing he is likely facing a custodial sentence if he is found guilty of theft in Court, he begged Police to allow him to consume some of the stolen rum as this may be the last rum he will be able to consume for some time.

Even though the items were alleged to have been unlawfully taken, the Police allowed him to drink some of the rum before he was transferred to the Police Cells.

Deckchair Operator stabbed by “Security Guard “ on Jomtien Beach

In the early hours of Monday Police dealt with a stabbing incident on Jomtien Beach which left a Deckchair & Beach Umbrella Operator with a stab wound to his stomach.

The incident occurred on the Beach opposite the Jomtien Welcome Hotel just after 4am. Khun Somai aged 45, was rushed to Banglamung Hospital with the serious stab wound, although he remained conscious throughout the ordeal.

According to the victim, three men, two dressed as Security Guards and a mobile food vendor were sitting and drinking on the beach but left a large amount of litter where they were situated, and when they were preparing to leave it appeared that no attempts to remove the litter were made.

This angered Khun Somai, who was preparing to set out his Umbrellas for the day ahead. He asked the men to clean-up the area before they left. The men were intoxicated and turned the anger back onto Khun Somai who was stabbed by one of the men wearing a Security Guard uniform.

Police are now searching for the three men involved in the alleged attack on Khun Somai, however they remain at-large for now.

19 year old woman badly injured in “Fireworks” accident in East Pattaya

A 19 year old woman, who was visiting her Cousin in East Pattaya, sustained serious a injury to her right hand following mishandling of a firework.

The incident occurred outside of an apartment block in Soi 49 off Soi Neun Plub Wan in East Pattaya on Monday Afternoon.

Khun Walaporn was rushed to Hospital as a result of the accident which left her with serious burns and tendon damage to her right hand.

The owner of the apartments, Khun Jaruwit aged 45, confirmed the victim was visiting her cousin who lived there and was alerted to a problem when he heard screams from the victim seconds after a firework was detonated.

Police are looking into the incident but are not expected to pursue any action against the victim.

Norwegian Seriously injured in 2nd floor fall from Jomtien Hotel

On Sunday Morning Police and rescue workers were called to a Hotel in Jomtien to investigate reports of a foreign man who had fallen from a low floor at the Hotel, but was seriously injured.

Arriving at the scene, medics attended to the 52 year old Norwegian who was lying underneath his 2nd floor apartment. He had sustained a serious head injury and was in a semi-conscious state.

Khun Nanglat aged 37 is the wife of a friend of the victim and told Police that the man was known to drink heavily and when drunk would become paranoid that someone wanted to kill him. It is thought this state of paranoia led him to jump off his 2nd floor balcony.

The victim, who is due to return to Norway on 27th April, was taken to the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya for emergency treatment and medics are currently assessing the extent of injuries sustained during the fall.

The Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok have been informed and will provide consular assistance to the victim.

Pattaya recovers after Wet and Wild Songkran Festival

Thousands converged on Pattaya on Saturday to celebrate the Songkran Festival which saw the closure of Pattaya Beach Road to ensure that revelers could enjoy the entertainment provided without the fear of passing cars, trucks and motorbikes.

It was estimated that over 100,000 people made their way to Pattaya Beach throughout Saturday. Many of the main roads leading into Pattaya were subjected to traffic congestion and Police and Police Volunteers appeared to be more organized than in previous years which saw a dramatic drop in reported crimes.

Along Pattaya Beach 10 pickpocketing incidents were reported to Police who were quick to blame organized Vietnamese Gangs who were known to operate in the area.

There were no reported arrests and a handful of medical incidents were dealt with by Pattaya Rescue Volunteers who were stationed throughout the City. The most serious incident was a shooting in North Pattaya which left one man in a serious condition in Hospital.

The majority of those who took part in Songkran Festival celebrations in Pattaya on Saturday appeared to enjoy themselves. Some took the opportunity to leave Pattaya for a few days to avoid getting wet and many residents are now holding their breath to see if the use of so much water will cause a shortage to residential areas over the coming months.



Songkran Festival reveler shot in North Pattaya

As the Pattaya Songkran Festival was beginning to wind-down on Saturday evening, Pattaya Police were called to the North-end of Pattaya Third Road to investigate a shooting.

The incident occurred in front of Soi 2 on Third Road and resulted in a serious gunshot injury sustained to Khun Tanawoot aged 34, a local Tattoo Artist who operates a shop inside the Big C Supercenter in North Pattaya. He was shot in his right chest area and the bullet passed straight through his body.

Khun Tanawoot was rushed to the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya where his condition remains serious. According to a friend, Khun Wacharin aged 29, the victim joined friends at the North Pattaya location and spent the entire day with them, dancing and drinking.

As the victim was dancing, it appears his foot struck the wing-mirror of a passing Green Honda Wave Motorbike. This angered the passenger on the bike who produced a gun and shot twice in the direction of Khun Tanawoot. The first shot resulted in no bullet being expelled from the weapon and the second shot hit the victim.

It was suggested the incident was entirely random and the victim was currently in no dispute with anyone which could have led to the shooting.

Police are now speaking with many witnesses and will now try to arrest the shooter who remains at-large for now.

Mystery surrounds suspected suicide in East Pattaya

On Saturday Morning Banglamung Police were called to a small village in East Pattaya to investigate the apparent suicide of a resident.

At the scene was the body of Khun Prajom aged 53, who lived alone. Nearby was an open packet of Carbaryl Insecticide which appears to have been placed in a bottle of water and was ingested by the man who is estimated to have died 3 hours before being discovered in front of his house.

Neighbors confirmed Khun Prajom lived alone but could not offer any possible motives behind the apparent suicide. A post-mortem examination will take place in the coming days to confirm the exact cause of death.



Mystery of abandoned motorbike outside of South Pattaya Naked Sushi Restaurant

On Thursday Afternoon Police were called to the front of a popular Naked Sushi Restaurant in South Pattaya to investigate reports of an abandoned motorbike which had remained at the location for 46 days.

Police arrived at the restaurant situated inside Soi Khopia 10 and met with the complainant, Khun Amnoipon aged 27. She asked the Police to remove the Blue Honda Wave Motorbike from the front of the restaurant.

Stickers with the words “Tattoo Pattaya MC” were placed on the helmet and on the front of the bike and featured a Chonburi registered license plate number 456 which Police determined had not been reported as stolen.

The bike was removed and will be held by Police in their vehicle compound. Anyone who knows the owner of the bike or the actual registered owner is asked to contact Pattaya Police Station who will return the bike upon proof of ownership.

The Naked Sushi Restaurant owner thanked the Police for removing the bike.

Man arrested for assault after North Pattaya crash and road rage incident

On Thursday Morning Police were called to the North Pattaya Intersection on the Sukhumvit Road to investigate a minor road crash which resulted in an alleged assault on one of the drivers.

Police arrived at the location and detained Khun Tangorn aged 34, the driver of a Suzuki Swift car which had sustained minor damage to the left side of the vehicle.
Khun Somgiet aged 59, who appeared to have a facial injury, reportedly caused by a punch, is the driver of an Isuzu pick-up modified to operate as a taxi.

Khun Tanagorn told Police that he was on his way to Pattaya Beach with his wife, and on the way encountered Khun Somgiet who was allegedly driving in an erratic manner. The two vehicles made contact and stopped at the traffic lights on the North Pattaya junction on the Sukhumvit Road. Both men left their vehicles to inspect the damage and the encounter led to an alleged assault by the 34 year old on the elder driver of the pick-up.

Police arrested Khun Tanagorn on a charge of assault as the Insurance Companies covering both the vehicles begin to discuss who will pay for the damage.

Japanese Businessman robbed of gold necklace in North Pattaya

In the early hours of Thursday a Japanese Businessman from Bangkok reported the theft of a 100,000 Baht Gold Necklace as he walked back to his Hotel in North Pattaya.

Mr. Seiji Matsuzaki aged 69, an Executive Director of a company based in Bangkok producing Automotive Parts, reported the incident at Pattaya Police Station. Police were able to obtain CCTV video of the incident which occurred at 9.46pm on Wednesday Night, however the crucial moment when the necklace was taken was not seen due to poor camera angles.

Mr. Matsuzaki was walking back to the Peace Resort Hotel from the North Pattaya Branch of Tesco-Lotus when 2 motorbikes with 3 Thai men on them, drove past the victim to initially see if he was wearing a necklace. When the 10 year old necklace, which also featured 3 Buddhist Amulets, was spotted, a passenger on one of the bikes approached the victim and was able to overpower the man and take the necklace.

Police assume the men committed the robbery so they could use the proceeds from the stolen item to fund their Pattaya Songkran Festival celebrations. Recently, similar incidents have been taking place around Pattaya and the Police are urging tourists not to wear any expensive jewelry which could make them a potential target for criminals.

Alcohol Bans and Road closures planned for Pattaya Songkran Festival

The Deputy Pattaya Police Chief announced on Tuesday, plans to ensure that law & order is maintained during the Pattaya Songkran Festival, which effectively begins on the 18th and finishes on the night of 19th, this coming Friday and Saturday.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Chinnawat told us that there are 23 designated areas to engage in water fighting and there will be 5 Security Checkpoints where Police Officers and Police Volunteers will work from to ensure that security is maintained and any incidents that occur can be dealt with quickly.

Pattaya Beach Road will be closed to traffic and the Police are imposing a ban on the sale and consumption of Alcohol along Pattaya Beach Road.

Arrests will be made if any reveler is found to be acting in an indecent manner, which includes anyone who indecently exposes themselves. The use and sale of Nylon Water Pipes is banned and the Police will be instructed to arrest those caught selling and using them.

Apart from enforcing these restrictions, Pattaya Police assured us they will try to refrain from spoiling peoples enjoyment of the Pattaya Songkran Festival.

Attempted Necklace Theft from Chinese Tourist in Central Pattaya

One of three suspected necklace snatch suspects were overpowered by a group of Chinese Tourists on Tuesday Afternoon who were on their way to enjoy the Songkran Festival Water Fighting in North Pattaya.

Mr. Ten Chin Lan aged 35 and 20 other friends had hired two Baht Buses to take them to North Pattaya and as they travelled along the Sukhumvit Road in Central Pattaya, two motorbikes approached the Baht Bus containing Mr. Lan. One of the passengers on one of the bikes leant over and attempted to take a Gold Necklace with pendant from around the neck of the victim who was able to prevent the theft.

His group were also able to pull the suspected thief from his bike. Khun Pirapon aged 18 fell to the ground and was detained pending the arrival of Police. The other 2 men suspected of being involved were able to escape and are now being sought by Police.

The entire incident was witnessed by a Security Guard stationed nearby who was able to give Police descriptions of the 2 other suspects and it was later confirmed by the arrested suspect at Pattaya Police station that the group wanted money so they could celebrate the Pattaya Songkran Festival.

Songkran-related Drain-hole Cover theft in North Pattaya

Two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon accused of stealing a metal drain-hole cover from a North Pattaya street.

The incident was reported by Khun Patsamon aged 37, who also made a video of the two suspects allegedly stealing the cover from a small road off Soi Potisan. They intended to sell the cover for scrap and use the proceeds to buy Whisky for the upcoming Pattaya Songkran Festival.

Police arrested Khun Bapat aged 42 and Khun Tawee aged 43 who attempted to escape on their motorbike with sidecar which contained the cover. They confirmed to Police that they desperately wanted money to celebrate the Songkran Festival and because they had no jobs the pair decided that stealing the cover was their best option for raising money.

Both were later charged with theft and locked-up pending Court proceedings.

Lèse-majesté Police Complaint against Red Shirt made in Pattaya

Over the weekend a group of 30 people made their way to Banglamung Police Station to report a case of defamation against his Majesty The King, which is a criminal offense in Thailand.

The allegations relate to a video published on You Tube by Vice TV, which included an interview with a prominent Pro-Thaksin Red Shirt leader from Phatum Thani Province, known as “Ko Tee”. In the video he is interviewed by a foreign journalist and offers his version of the current situation and the cause of the unrest, in Thai Language.

Pro-Monarchy Activists initially reported the contents of the video to Police in Phatum Thani Province where an arrest warrant for “Ko Tee” was issued. It alleges the suspect has committed offenses under Article 112 of the Thai Penal Code, also known as the Lèse-majesté Laws, which forbid defamation of the Thai Royal Family, an offense which carries a Prison Sentence of between 3 and 15 years.

30 people, led by Khun Daruna aged 52 and Khun Wunchai aged 76, some of them carrying “We Love The King” banners, reported the contents of the video at Banglamung Police Station and were told that the report will be held on file pending the outcome of the current Arrest Warrant issued for “Ko Tee” by Phatum Thani Police.

The Crime Suppression Division have been ordered to deal with the incident by the National Police Commissioner and there is a reward of 500,000 Baht which will be paid to any Police Officer by the PDRC (Peoples Democratic Reform Committee) who can arrest “Ko Tee” within 7 days.

Motorbike and Garbage Truck collide in South Pattaya killing bike driver

Early on Sunday Morning a high-speed road crash occurred in South Pattaya involving a Garbage Truck and a motorbike which resulted in the death of the bike driver.

Police and rescue services were called to the South Pattaya Road in front of Soi 4 just after 7.30am to deal with the crash which led to the death of a Thai Man thought to be aged in his late twenties. He was not carrying any identification and remains unidentified at time of publication.

Witnesses mentioned seeing the Truck travel down the South Pattaya Road at a high rate of speed and the motorbike came out from Soi 4 also at a high rate of speed. The bike was struck by the truck and the driver of the bike suffered catastrophic life-ending head injuries.

The truck driver ran away from the scene of the crash and is currently being sought by Police as the body of the bike driver was taken to the morgue at Banglamung Hospital.

Pattaya Songkran Festival Water Fighting begins

The Songkran Festival in Thailand is traditionally celebrated between 13th and 15th April, although in Pattaya the official Songkran Festival takes place on 19th April. Despite this, the water fighting has begun.

Pattaya Beach, Soi Buakhao and many areas in the East of Pattaya hosted Songkran Parties over the weekend and the festivities are set to intensify over the coming days, culminating on 19th April.

For some, especially those that live in Pattaya, it is an opportunity to leave the City and avoid the water fighting, for others it is a time to enjoy the chaos which surrounds the Thai New Year Festival.

We would like to warn everyone in Pattaya at the moment that they should expect to get wet over the coming days so all mobile phone devices and other electrical items and wallets, non-waterproof watches and important documents such as passports should be protected.

For those who have come to Pattaya to enjoy the festivities we wish you a safe and fun time over the next few days, for those who have left the City, we hope you enjoy your break.