Victim’s anger at Police inaction over vicious assault in North Pattaya

The victim of a vicious and apparently random assault which occurred in North Pattaya on 16th December has turned to the local media to highlight her case which she claims has yet to be investigated by Pattaya Police.

Khun Nidaporn aged 50 is a Tour Guide working for the Asia Journey Company and on the night of 16th December she visited her friend’s restaurant in Soi Petragoon in North Pattaya.

Her company boss arrived and asked Khun Nidaporn to hand over some documents which were being kept in her car which was parked nearby. Khun Nidaporn returned to her car to retrieve the documents which were not completed. She sat on the front steps of a clinic where the light was sufficient enough to allow her to complete the documentation prior to handing the papers over to her boss who was waiting at the restaurant nearby.

As she sat on the steps two men on a motorbike approached and one of them approached Khun Nidaporn and kicked her in the face before stealing 3 mobile phones and 2,000 Baht from her as she lay in a semi-conscious state on the steps.

The incident was caught on security cameras and the footage was handed to Pattaya Police who have, as yet, not opened an investigation into the assault and robbery. The victim hopes that by highlighting the case in the local media, the Police will now look into the case and attempt to arrest those responsible.

International Employment Scammer arrested by Pattaya Police

With the assistance of a former work colleague, Pattaya Police arrested a female recruitment officer based in Jomtien on Thursday Night, accused of cheating prospective employees seeking jobs abroad out of money taken as admin fees.

Khun Kriangwit, a recruitment officer, alerted Police to his former colleague, Khun Suttirat aged 30, who is believed to have charged people between 25,000 and 60,000 Baht to enter into contracts which would see them gain employment abroad.

The victims of the scam were told that they would move to America and work there but the only problem was that the jobs never materialized and the money they paid to the suspected scammer had gone.

Police were told that the suspect worked out of an apartment in Soi Buakhao and when they visited the location they found a number of people waiting for Khun Suttirat who was eventually arrested at the Siam International Office in Soi Chayapreuk 1 in Jomtien,

Apart from her office possessing no company registration documents and no documents authorizing her to work as a recruitment agency, she is thought to have scammed millions of Baht over the years from unsuspecting clients who were promised a work visa and employment in America.

Investigations continue at this time as more victims of the scam come forward but Police have charged the suspect with multiple counts of fraud.

Norwegian stabs his Norwegian friend at Pattaya Condominium

A Norwegian resident at a Pattaya Condominium Complex sustained a stab wound to his head following a fight with his friend, also Norwegian, over persistent requests to assist him with a financial issue.

Police were called to the Park Lane Jomtien Resort in Soi Watboon just before 2.30am on Friday and assisted Mr. Bjorn Kristiansen aged 58, who was outside of the Security Box at the entrance to the complex. He had sustained a serious head wound and lost a considerable amount of blood.

He told Police that he was stabbed in his head by his so-called friend, also Norwegian, named as Mr. Arne Garden aged 57. Both men reside at the complex and live near each other and have known each other for nearly 3 years.

Police went to see Mr. Garden who was uninjured and appeared in a relaxed state inside his apartment. He told Police that he was fed-up with constant requests from Mr. Kristiansen to assist him with using ATM’s as he was waiting for money to come from abroad.

Police recovered the knife thought to have been used in the attack and are continuing to investigate the incident but have not pressed criminal charges against the alleged attacker for now.

British man paints Pattaya Temple Walls to celebrate Christmas

A 77 year old British Resident of Pattaya has decided to paint the walls of a Pattaya Temple as his Christmas gift to the local community.

Mr. Terry Smith has lived in Pattaya for 4 months and walks past the Sutawat Temple every day and noticed that the walls were in a poor state and needed a coat of paint.

With Christmas approaching, Mr. Smith, who tells us he practices Buddhism, decided to buy some paint and transform the temple walls in time for the festive period.

Social Media users were the first to publish pictures of Mr. Smith and local residents would offer him food and drink as he continued to paint the walls in the heat of the day.

Mr. Smith believes strongly in community spirit and he hopes that his gesture will encourage more Thai’s and Foreigners to involve themselves in community projects.

Bar Worker detained by journalist following necklace snatch on Jomtien Beach Road

A male employee of a Gay Bar, who blamed poor customer numbers at his venue, was detained by a local journalist on Thursday Morning on Jomtien Beach Road after he allegedly snatched a gold necklace from a woman who was sitting on a Baht Bus which had just stopped to receive more customers.

The incident occurred just before 11am, in front of the Palm Beach Hotel. Khun Sassitorn aged 20 was travelling on the Baht Bus with her foreign boyfriend and as the vehicle came to a halt to receive more customers, a man later identified as Khun Watcharapong aged 20, drove up beside the Baht Bus on his motorbike, leant over and snatched a gold necklace from around the neck of the female victim.

As he attempted to snatch the necklace he lost control of his bike and both the vehicle and the suspect fell onto the road. A local News Reporter, Khun Anan saw the incident occur and managed to detain the suspect until Police arrived to formally arrest him.

At the Police Station, the suspect claimed he worked for a Gay Bar in Pattaya and due to lack of foreign customers he was forced to enter a life of crime so he could pay his rent and have some money for food.

Police charged the suspect with aggravated theft and the gold necklace was returned to its rightful owner.

4 injured in car and motorbike road crash in North Pattaya

On Wednesday afternoon a serious road crash occurred at the North Pattaya Junction on the Sukhumvit Road resulting in four injuries, 2 of the injured have been described as sustaining serious life-changing injuries.

The crash involved a Red Ford Focus driven by Khun Rungrern aged 21 with his girlfriend Khun Piyawan aged 20 riding as passenger. The car driver escaped with relatively minor injuries but the passenger sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Hospital.

Nearby, lying on the road, was the bike driver, Khun Nuttapon aged 27, and he had sustained a broken leg and suspected internal injuries and was also rushed to Hospital.
50 meters down the road was a seriously injured pedestrian, Khun Somree aged 31 who was struck by the out-of-control motorbike after it collided with the car.

According to witnesses, the car went through a red traffic light and struck the motorbike side-on, although the car driver claimed the traffic light was still flashing orange and he was permitted to cross the junction.

Police are investigating and will examine CCTV to determine if the car driver was at-fault.

10 Million Baht Car Rental Scam reported to Sattahip Police

Victims of a 10 Million Baht Car Rental Scam reported the alleged crime to Sattahip Police on Wednesday and it is thought that 23 vehicles are involved in the case.

The group of more than 10 car owners reported to Police that a woman named as Khun Patsaraporn aged 45, had approached the car owners and told them that if they gave their vehicles to her she would take them to Pattaya and rent them to foreign tourists. She guaranteed a minimum rental income of 25,000 Baht per car per month.

The car owners signed contracts and handed over their cars, but never received any rental income and when they tried to contact the woman, her phone was turned off and she had moved out of her house located in the Sattahip area.

Police are in possession of Khun Patsarapon’s Thai ID card and are in the process of issuing an arrest warrant for her. For now she remain at-large.

Marine Rescue Demonstration in Pattaya Bay

The Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism presided over a Marine Rescue Demonstration which took place at the Bali Hai Port on Wednesday.

The demonstration takes place every year and is designed to instill confidence in Marine Safety in Pattaya as the city approaches its busiest time of the year.

Two demonstrations, using Pattaya Sea Rescue Units, the Marine Police and the Royal Thai Navy, simulated accidents with Fishing Boats and a Boat full of tourists which collided with a speedboat causing all the tourists to fall into the water.

Using boats and a Navy Helicopter the Deputy Minister was shown how the combined skills of rescuers in boats and in the air work together in such a crisis.

Russian found dead in Central Pattaya Hotel Room

On Tuesday Morning Police and medics were called to a Hotel in Central Pattaya to investigate the death of a 45 year old Russian man inside his Hotel Room.

Officers arrived at the Sawasdee Pattaya Hotel in Soi Buakhao and were directed to room number 616 on the 6th floor. Lying face-down on the bed was the body of Mr. Mikhail Petrochenko.

Police spoke with Hotel Staff who confirmed the victim had checked into the Hotel on 30th November and was due to checkout early on Tuesday Morning. He failed to do so and a cleaner found him lying dead on the bed.

Police found no obvious signs of foul play and were told by staff that Mr. Petrochenko was seen to drink heavily on a daily basis during his stay at the Hotel.

Police suspect the cause of death was alcohol poisoning but will wait for the results of a post mortem examination before they close the case. The Russian Embassy in Bangkok are aware of the death and are in contact with the man’s family in Russia at this time.

Social Media fraudster arrested by Police in East Pattaya

A 22 year old Ladyboy was arrested by Nongprue Police on Tuesday Night accused of fraudulently obtaining money online from people who thought the Ladyboy was a female model.

Police Colonel Suttisak, the Chief of Nongprue Police, received information from victims of the social media scammer, who used the LINE app under the nickname “Miki Mobal” to request money from unsuspecting men who thought they were sending money to a female model to assist her in her modelling career and to eventually meet her and begin a relationship.

In fact they were speaking to the Ladyboy who was sharing money sent to her with a number of friends who would purchase illegal drugs with the proceeds.

Police determined the suspect was living at the Billy Place Apartments in Soi Nongrabok in East Pattaya and were able to arrest him on Tuesday Night. In his possession was a Yabba Tablet and a drug test confirmed he had recently ingested methamphetamine.

The suspect claimed he had cheated over 50 victims and had been operating for more than 3 years. Initially Police charged him with possession of a class 1 drug pending formal statements from victims of the suspect which are due to be completed in the coming days.

Korean falls to his death from high-rise condominium in Sriracha

Police and medics were called to a hi-rise condominium in Sriracha District on Tuesday Night to deal with a 45 year old Korean who had fallen from the 18th floor to his death.

The incident occurred at the Laemchabang Tower Condo and the dead man was identified as Mr. Yongsob Kwug and near his body was a wallet containing 6,870 Baht in cash and a Samsung Smart Phone along with a Korean identity card.

Security Cameras at the Condo confirmed that Mr. Kwug had entered the building at 7.30pm and was carrying two bottles of whisky. He is thought to have jumped at approximately 8pm from a window located in the corridor of the 18th floor.

The two bottles of whisky were not recovered and Police suspect he had entered one of the apartments before he jumped. He is not thought to live at the location and may have visited a friend.

Police made contact with other friends of the deceased man and it was determined he had recently lost his job as a Company Director in Korea and had split-up from his wife. Both motives for a suicide according to Police who continue to investigate the case before a final report on the death is filed.

Woman injured in drink-related accident in North Pattaya Motel Room

Rescue Workers were called to a North Pattaya Motel in the early hours of Tuesday to assist a woman who was heavily intoxicated and apparently slipped over onto a glass table and injured herself.

Inside room number 308 at the Chernrak Motel was Khun May aged 24, she had sustained serious cuts to her back and was being comforted by her boyfriend Khun Chalermchai aged 27.

He explained that the pair live a long distance from Pattaya and decided to rent a room at the Motel for the night before enduring the long drive back to their home later on Tuesday Morning.

Khun May was drunk and while she lay on the bed she began to feel sick and jumped off and began to run to the toilet. On the way she slipped onto a glass table which shattered and shards of the broken glass cut her across her back causing her to lose a considerable amount of blood.

The woman was rushed to Hospital where it was later confirmed the injuries were not life-threatening.

Russian Pedestrian shot by Police as they chase two bag snatchers in Jomtien

A 27 year old Russian Tourist is facing up to 6 months of rehabilitation after she was shot in her ankle as Police chased two suspected bag snatchers in Jomtien.

The incident began late on Saturday Night on Jomtien Second Road where the two suspects, Khun Akkarapon aged 18 and a 17 year old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of stealing a bag containing 6,000 Baht in cash from Miss Tatina Loudin aged 42, a Russian National.

As the two men attempted to escape they were chased by Police and continually refused to stop despite Police shouting at them and threatening to shoot them if they continued to attempt their escape.

As the chase approached the Tepprasit Road junction with Jomtien Second Road, one of the chasing officers opened fire and the two suspects fell from their bike and were arrested. The 17 year old boy was taken to Hospital suffering from leg injuries and remains there at this time. Later the suspects confessed to snatching the bag as they needed money to celebrate the forthcoming New Year.

A nearby parked pick-up truck had been hit by a stray bullet but Officers were shocked when they heard the screams of a Russian woman, Miss Elena Sarycmeva aged 27, who was on the ground in a pool of blood. A closer inspection revealed she had been shot in the ankle, presumably from a mis-targeted bullet from a Police Officer’s gun. She was taken to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital where she required emergency surgery to insert a metal plate in her ankle. Doctors confirmed she would need up to 6 months of ongoing treatment for her injury.

Police Major General Nittipong, the Provincial Police Commander visited her on Sunday and confirmed the Royal Thai Police would entirely cover all medical and repatriation expenses and he was truly sorry for the mistake made by his officers.

American stabbed as he intervenes in domestic dispute in South Pattaya

A 36 year old American was stabbed in his back after he attempted to intervene in a domestic dispute involving a Thai woman and her foreign husband in Soi Buakhao on Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred in front of the SS Laundry & Salon and resulted in Mr. Morgin Kant being taken to Hospital with multiple stab wounds to his back.

Police arrested the alleged attacker, Khun Sunisa aged 21 and took her to the Police Station with the knife she is thought to have used during the attack.

Police Investigators determined that Khun Sunisa was having a heated argument with her Husband, Mr. Hamidi Samir aged 28 from France. Their 3 year old daughter was also there and was crying as she watched her parents fight.

Mr. Kant was walking by and approached the pair and attempted to stop them fighting. During the fracas, he ended up fighting with Mr. Samir who was smaller and was clearly no match for Mr. Kant.

In a panic, Khun Sunisa produced a knife she was carrying in her bag and stabbed Mr. Kant in his back until he dropped to the ground and ceased fighting with her Husband.

Injuries sustained to Mr. Kant are not thought to be life-threatening and Police are currently investigating the case further before they press criminal charges against Khun Sunisa.

Iranian drugs Pattaya Hotel Cashier and steals cash from Reception safe boxes

In the early hours of Saturday Police arrested an Iranian man who was accused of drugging a Hotel cashier and then attempting to break-open safe-boxes located behind the reception.

Police were called to the Prima Place Hotel in Soi Khopia in South Pattaya, just before 5am and arrested Mr. Saeid Mir Hosseini aged 46. Police examined CCTV pictures and saw the suspect use a screwdriver to force open a safe-box behind the reception as the night cashier, Khun Chantana aged 30, slept nearby.

What the suspect did not realize was that another member of staff, Khun Saring aged 37, was watching the attempted theft from the front porch of the Hotel where the cashier was taken to. Initially the man was detained by staff and a Hotel guest, pending the arrival of Police.

Mr. Hosseini had checked into the Hotel on Friday and was due to check out later on Saturday. He had befriended the cashier and went to a nearby convenience store and purchased a cup of coffee for her, which Police suspect was laced with sleeping tablets.

Khun Saring appeared when the cashier alerted him to a problem and he took the cashier to a seat on the front porch where she was soon fell asleep. At the same time Khun Saring, suspecting something was not right and watched the suspect attempt to steal from a safe box located behind the reception which was now unattended.

Police later charged the suspect with assault and theft and he is currently on-remand pending Court proceedings.

Self-Harming crazed man invades Pattaya Temple

Late on Sunday Night a 27 year old man, suspected of being under the influence of narcotics, invaded a Temple in Pattaya and began by confronting a Monk and accusing him of stealing a commemorative coin from him.

The bizarre incident occurred at the Boonganjanaram Temple in Jomtien just after 11pm. Monks contacted Police and asked them to assist in removing the crazed man from the Temple grounds.

The man was named as Khun Somshai and was armed with a knife. As soon as Police arrived, the man dared Police to shoot him and he claimed to be invincible. At this point he began to cut his wrists and continued to claim he was immortal.

Eventually the Mother and Brother of the man arrived and showed Khun Somshai that the coin was in his home and had not been taken by the Monk. They brought the coin with them to show him they were telling the truth.

Eventually the man was taken away by a Police Truck to his family home. The Monks confirmed they knew the man and they had assisted him on many occasions and for this reason they decided not to press any charges against the man. Police therefore took no further action.

Female Drug Dealing suspect caught by Pattaya Police

On Friday afternoon, a Pattaya Police patrol unit stopped a 27 year old woman on a motorbike with no license plate after a short chase and found her to be carrying a significant quantity of class 1 drugs.

Police confirmed the arrest of Khun Sothaya in Soi Khopai in South Pattaya. Officers first spotted her on her bike on the South Pattaya Road, close to the Chaimongkol Temple, but she refused to stop.

After a short chase the suspect did stop and was searched. She was found to be carrying 68 Yabba Tablets and 3.3g of Crystal Methamphetamine.

Earlier she confessed to Police that she had been selling drugs to Bar Girls and Tourists in Pattaya for more than 1 year and on this occasion she had just picked up a consignment of drugs from her regular supplier, Khun Pong aged 25, in the grounds of the Temple.

Police charged Khun Sothaya with possession with intent to sell class 1 drugs and she is currently behind bars awaiting a Court appearance.

Woman injured in Domestic Dispute in North Pattaya woodland

In the early hours of Thursday Banglamung Police received an urgent call from concerned residents that a woman was being attacked in woodland off the Naklua Road.

30 Police Officers and Police Volunteers rushed to the area in Soi 8 off the Naklua Road and spotted the alleged victim, Khun Niorn aged 37. She had sustained superficial injuries to her leg but confirmed to Police that she was only fighting with her boyfriend and had not been sexually assaulted, as assumed by the residents.

The woman lives with her boyfriend in a makeshift dwelling in the woodland area and it is believed the pair fight regularly, but on this occasion the arguing was more intense and the woman was injured during the altercation.

Police searched for the boyfriend but he had already fled the scene. Khun Niorn decided not to take the situation any further and Police therefore took no further action.

Russian Association launch translation service for Police Stations in Pattaya

Despite a significant fall in Russian Tourists visiting Pattaya, thought to be due to a 40% drop in value of the Rubel, a Russian Association based in Pattaya has decided to initiate a 24 hour translation service for local Police stations who encounter a language barrier when dealing with Russians.

The program will begin at Banglamung Police Station and on Friday afternoon, Mr. Yuri Mamiadov presented Police Colonel Tamanoon, the Banglamung Police Chief, with 5 Smart Phones which will be used by officers who need to utilize the translation service.

Each phone has been preloaded with popular communication apps such as Line, Skype and Whatsapp and officers will also be able to use Facetime to access the service around the clock.

After an initial trial period, the service, entirely funded by the Russian Association, will roll-out to Pattaya, Na-Jomtien and Nongprue Police Stations, offering complete coverage of the Pattaya area.

Swedish Tourist drowns at beach in Rayong

On Thursday morning Police and rescue services were called to a beach in Rayong Province to deal with a drowning of a Swedish Tourist.

The incident occurred at Gon Ao Beach and resulted in the death of Mr. Gras Rolun aged 65. He was first seen to go under the water by a friend, who pulled Mr. Rolun from the water and administered CPR but Mr. Rolun never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later spoke with the victims distraught Wife and a friend, Mrs. Leclerc aged 57, a French National. She confirmed that Mr. Rolun was suffering from a heart condition and was fitted with a pacemaker. They suspect he suffered a Heart Attack in the water while swimming and drowned.

A post mortem examination will take place to confirm the exact cause of death and the Swedish Embassy in Bangkok are currently providing consular assistance to the family of the deceased man.