A man stuck with a 1,000 baht bar bill by his friend returned to South Pattaya with a shotgun to collect.
Police were notified around 2 a.m. Aug. 25 that a drunken man was walking down Sukhumvit Soi 44 near the Sompoi Restaurant with a gun.
Pracha Yawongka, 27, was found wearing shorts and no shirt with a loaded shotgun sending people running for cover. He pointed the weapon at police trying to catch him, sending the officers scattering as well.
Pracha then ran into the woods and was eventually captured.
After being stiffed with a 1,000 baht bar bill, Pracha Yawongka took a shotgun and went out looking for the man who ran off when it came time to pay.
The suspect told police he had been drinking with a new friend near Bali Hai Pier, but his mate fled on a motorbike when it came time to pay the bill.
Pracha wasn’t aware, however, that he had left and waited for a long time before unwillingly paying the 1,000 baht tab. He said he then got some police volunteers to take him to his employer’s home, where he works as a security guard, and took a gun to hunt down the deadbeat.
He was charged with possession of a firearm without a license.
Chonburi Immigration Police arrested an Egyptian man accused of dealing drugs in Pattaya entertainment venues.
Atef Zakaria Ibrahim Elghonemi, 61, was apprehended Aug. 28 in an undercover sting operation at the Big C South Pattaya parking lot, where operatives had arranged to have him drop off drugs. Elghonemi spotted the cops, however, and tried to escape while ditching a cigarette box he was seen holding.
Officers recovered the pack of Marlboro cigarettes and found inside nine plastic bags of crystal methamphetamine and eight ya ba tablets.
Egyptian Atef Zakaria Ibrahim Elghonemi has been arrested and charged with possession and sale of Class 1 narcotics.
Elghonemi told police he had been living in Pattaya for over 10 years and has a wife and child living in Chiang Rai. Police said he admitted to selling drugs to other Egyptians and bar girls to support his family.
He was charged with possession and sale of Class 1 narcotics.
A Pattaya woman who tried to rescue her sister from a violent argument was arrested for injuring both her sibling and her attacker with a broken whiskey bottle.
Merit-making and partying highlighted a full day for the head of the Chonburi Immigration Office as he celebrated his birthday.
Pol. Col. Prapansak Prasarnsuk invited nine monks to collect nine baskets of alms before serving them lunch Aug. 18.
A broke Norwegian was arrested for overstaying his visa by nearly three months.
Tom Henning Bruvold, 47, was apprehended Aug. 17. He claimed he lost his travel documents.
Immigration officials checked his travel history via computer and determined he entered Thailand on April 22 on a 30-day visa waiver that expired May 21.
He was charged with overstaying 86 days.
Bruvold finally admitted he had not intended to stay in Thailand longer than his visa allowed, but he had run out of money and asked to be deported home.
Tom Henning Bruvold (center) said he had not intended to stay in Thailand longer than his visa allowed, but he had run out of money.
More than 100 Pattaya workers earned promotions after completing a course on protecting and securing land.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presided over the Aug. 11 ceremony for the 108 staffers.
In the ceremony, Pol. Maj. Jirawat Sukontasap, head of the municipal police, Komklit Polwikit, chief of the Special Affairs Department, and Teerasak Jathupong, a municipal officer, each were awarded 8,000 baht to support their projects.
People earning higher ranks and receiving badges in the Special Affairs Department included Tanongsak Saensai, Paratarn Pongparangkul, Kwanpicha Intarat, Samruay Kaewcharlee, Kithichai Phutwong, Prasit Thokuen, Witoon Phutwong, Kanchit Boobphadaeng and Tanarak Chatkaew.
Eleven adult Cambodian beggars and three children were detained and deported following complaints from tourists and residents.
Chonburi Immigration Police conducted the round up Aug. 10.
They were charged with entering the kingdom without proper immigration documents, and prepared for deportation.
Only seven of the adults were identified, with first names as Deda, 37, Hong, 52, Piyo, 40, Kien, 40, Hentek, 40, Harn, 50, and Dee, 24. The three children were aged 6-8.
Police detained and eventually deported eleven adult Cambodian beggars and three children.
Banglamung officials are awaiting results of forensic testing to determine why a German man jailed on immigration charges died of no apparent cause.
Bernd Hans Wittmann, 62, was found dead in his cell at Banglamung Police Station Aug. 14. A doctor from Banglamung Hospital was called to examine the body with top Banglamung district and police officials attending.
Dr Komuth Chumpakdee said the body showed no signs of injury or assault, ruling the death was not from unusual causes. Komuth speculated heat contributed to Wittmann’s death, as the jail was hot and not well ventilated.
The German was being held in Banglamung after being arrested for overstaying his visa, which expired on June 16. He was awaiting transfer to the Chonburi Immigration Office in Jomtien Beach to be processed for deportation.
The body has now been taken to the Institute of Forensic Science for a more-thorough examination to determine the exact cause of death. The German Embassy has been informed of his death.
Two Vietnamese and three Cambodian nationals were arrested on immigration and work permit charges while working as vendors in Pattaya.
Chonburi Immigration Police rounded up the illegal merchants found plying their trade on Second Road across from the Made in Thailand night market.
A Pattaya city councilman alleged that the installation of safety-roller barriers on several Pattaya-area roads was a waste of public funds driven by vested interests, not actual benefit.