Boonlua Chatree

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 15:32

American attacked by ‘jealous’ Thai

An American man suffered knife wounds after being slashed by a “jealous” Thai man in Pattaya.

Stephen Bazell Lapides, 47, suffered serious cuts to his arms in the July 5 incident near the Wanphen Apartments behind Lued Moo Sri-Pattaya restaurant.

Lapides refused to open the door for police for 30 minutes, thinking they were more attackers. Police said he eventually explained he’d just returned from Udon Thani, where he owns a home. When he arrived in Pattaya, a Thai man began calling him names and harassing him.

Lapides believed the man was jealous and came at him with a knife. The American took refuge in an unnumbered room in the small soi.

Pattaya Police Chief Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong has ordered taxi drivers in Jomtien to stop using the Dongtan police kiosk as a taxi stand.

The AIA Company recently donated a covered police box to keep officers shaded while on duty.  However, local taxi drivers have taken over the kiosk and turned it into a waiting and storage area.

One man died when a family-business dispute turned to gunfire at Bali Hai Pier.

Wijarn Suwanpodog, 39, died en route to Pattaya Memorial Hospital June 18 after suffering a single 9mm shot to the chest.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 16:22

Bored fugitive returns home, gets busted

On the run for 18 months, the former owner of a Samae San brothel was arrested after he got bored and returned to the scene of his alleged crime.

Anucha Sroianusorn, 50, was apprehended by Chonburi Immigration Police June 18 while walking in front of the Samae San Guesthouse in Sattahip District. He was charged with trafficking illegal aliens into prostitution, providing aliens with illegal residences and pimping.

Anucha Sroianusorn (seated) has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.Anucha Sroianusorn (seated) has been arrested and charged with human trafficking.

Anucha had been wanted on an arrest warrant issued Jan. 13, 2013, but had fled to Chantaburi Province, police said.

However, Anucha told police, out of sheer boredom, he’d returned to Samae San for both personal and business purposes. He was spotted and captured quickly thereafter.

Pattaya’s new police chief instructed traffic officers and volunteers to crack down on parking scofflaws and other law breakers, but do it more politely.

A Bangkok man has been arrested for allegedly robbing transvestites he met through Facebook.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:41

Fugitive Russian arrested in Pattaya

Chonburi Immigration Police arrested a wanted Russian, an alleged mafia figure, who had been hiding out in Pattaya for two years.

The head of Thailand’s Office of the Inspector General reviewed officers at the Chonburi Immigration Office, urging them to protect the monarchy, care for subordinates and tackle the nation’s drug problem.

Two people were arrested and caches of counterfeit brand-name clothing seized when intellectual property police raided two shops on Walking Street.

The American teacher wanted for allegedly killing his Buriram girlfriend has been captured in Issan, more than three months after allegedly stuffing her body into a garbage bag and leaving it atop a South Pattaya restaurant.