The former immigration chief at Phuket International Airport has taken over as the head of the Chonburi Immigration Department.
Immigration staffers and area law enforcement welcomed Pol. Col. Praphansak Prasansukh to the Jomtien Soi 5 office Jan. 16. The party also was organized to bid goodbye to previous commander, Pol. Col. Chaiyot Worakjunkiat.
Chaiyot now takes over as chief of Immigration Division 5.
Chonburi Immigration Department’s outgoing commander Pol. Col. Chaiyot Worakjunkiat welcomes new commander Pol. Col. Praphansak Prasansukh to the Jomtien Soi 5 office.
During the event, a boxing ring was set up in the parking lot for a mock Muay Thai match between the incoming and outgoing commanders. Pol. Col. Chaiyot Worakjunkiat took to the ring himself, but was up against an actor who was wearing the mask of Pol. Col. Praphansak. It was arranged for amusement and in the end, Pol. Col. Chaiyot was defeated, giving up both the title belt and the top immigration job in Chonburi province to the new superintendent.
A Cambodian man was stabbed in an apparent road-rage incident in South Pattaya.
Hang Van Rith, 29, suffered a single knife wound to the shoulder in the Jan. 15 attack near the Bow House Hotel on Thepprasit Soi 17. He initially was taken to Pattaya Hospital, but transferred to Banglamung Hospital after believing the city hospital wanted a 50,000 baht payment in advance. The hospital later clarified they told him 5,000 baht.
Police said Hang recounted that he’d been driving his motorbike when he was cut off by a compact car. The couple driving pulled over and an argument ensued. It was then he was stabbed, Hang said.
Police are trying to track down the drivers.
A 1994 Muay Thai boxing champ now selling fake watches in Pattaya was arrested for allegedly stabbing a Russian tourist who refused his counterfeit wares.
Payu Daengsee, who won the Channel 7 boxing title 20 years ago as “Phet Namsaengkorsang”, turned himself in to police Jan. 12, a day after admittedly stabbing Ivan Cherkashin, 22, outside the Starbucks coffee shop around 9 p.m. at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.
A bleeding Cherkashin ran in from the outside-seating area and mall security took him to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for the stab wound to the ribs.
Cherkashin’s sister, Nadezhdn, 22, said they were having coffee when the watch vendor entered Starbuck’s fence-off seating area and tried to sell him “name brand” timepieces. Cherkashin, realizing they were fake, refused. The vendor persisted and things got heated, Nadezhdn Cherkashin said.
Police said Payu admitted to stabbing his prospective customer because he spoke rudely to him and claimed the Russian threw a chair at him.
The Trang native told police he threw the knife in the sea before later deciding to surrender.
Two men have been questioned for allegedly attacking an Eastern European couple during a romantic late-night cocktail on Pratamnak Hill.
Decha Phutkaew, 35, of Sriracha, and Piya Lasear, 28, of Chiang Mai, were apprehended shortly after the 1 a.m. Jan. 8 assault on Russian Nikita Salamatov, 26, and his 25-year-old Ukrainian wife Anastasia Dudnikova at the helipad in a park on Pratamnak Hill.
Two men were arrested for allegedly using stolen credit cards to purchase expensive mobile phones in Pattaya.
Picharatch Akaratithiverkul, 52, and Narongrit Boonwattana, 43, were apprehended in separate arrests Jan. 8.
Kasikornbank security officials tipped off police to Picharatch. The Phitsanulok native was nabbed after purchasing an iPhone 6 Plus from Namchai Home Electronics using a foreign credit card issued to a Frenchman. Police found six electronic cards in his wallet as well as receipts showing the purchase of other items.
Narongrit was captured the same day while trying to use a stolen card to buy a Samsung Galaxy smartphone for 25,900 baht. The Angthong native, too, was found in possession of numerous other cards and receipts.
A Pattaya vendor surrendered to police on charges of attacking a Swiss man with a bamboo stick, but only after the tourist allegedly harangued him over a drug deal gone bad.
Two 20-year-olds joined the list of casualties during the “seven dangerous days” after dying in a collision with a light pole in Nongprue.
Driver Sitthichai Prempluem and passenger Watchara Kuanbamroong were killed just after midnight Jan. 2 on Sukhumvit Road near the entrance of Soi Khao Makok in Moo 12 village.
Half the Honda Civic was destroyed in the crash.
A 36-year-old woman driving a motorbike also was injured in the incident. She told police the Civic hit her as she was headed toward making a U-turn. It then veered away and hit the pole.
Two people were killed and their Honda Civic totaled just after midnight Jan. 2 on Sukhumvit Road.
A transvestite was arrested for allegedly stealing about 80,000 baht from a Sri Lankan tourist who picked him up off Pattaya Beach.
The Sri Lankan called police around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 5 to report the theft of 2,100 euros at the hands of the prostitute who he’d had relations with at hotel on Soi 13/3.
Immigration police promise ‘purge’ of foreign criminals
Regional immigration police pledged to purge the Eastern Seaboard of foreign criminals to boost safety during the New Year celebrations.
Top immigration officers from Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao announced their intended crackdown at a Dec. 21 press conference.
Checkpoints, they said would be set up at Bali Hai Pier in coordination with police stations in Pattaya, Banglamung, Najomtien and the Highway Police.
Officials said the “purge” was intended to build confidence in safety in the area for tourists and the locals.
Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly snatching a gold chain from the neck of a Thai woman.
Jetsada Ritjaroong, 18, and Wittaya Sombatmak, 19, were captured Dec. 24 on Soi Nong Yai 8, about five kilometers from where they allegedly grabbed a half-baht-weight necklace from the neck of Roongfa Trikrung, 28, near the Taengmo Mini-mart in Soi Buakaow.