Ukrainian with knives arrested after 3-hour police standoff

Friday, 01 March 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 9 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A Ukrainian man with two knives held off police for three hours at an East Pattaya 7-Eleven after going into a rage over being dumped by his girlfriend.

Yuri Gubenko, 36, finally was subdued the Soi Nernplabwan convenience store Feb. 15, but not before stabbing Ahmed Faid, a foreign police volunteer, in the leg. He was treated at Banglamung Hospital.

The standoff began when Gubenko re-entered the store 15 minutes after buying water there and opened a bottle of nail polish that he began applying to the back of an ATM machine. When staff approached him, Gubenko pulled a knife, threatening to slash anyone who came near.

Yuri Gubenko, allegedly upset over the loss of his girlfriend, threatens police with a pair of knives inside an East Pattaya 7-Eleven.Yuri Gubenko, allegedly upset over the loss of his girlfriend, threatens police with a pair of knives inside an East Pattaya 7-Eleven.

Police negotiators spent three hours trying to calm the Ukrainian, with no luck. Witnesses said the suspect was upset after being abandoned by his girlfriend.

Officers brought in a Russian-speaking police volunteer and, finally, sprayed the suspect in the face with pepper spray to subdue him.

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