Police are speculating that an elderly Austrian found dead off Jomtien Beach died of a diabetic seizure.
Police and Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan rescuers were called to Jomtien Soi 15 March 14 where the bloated body of 77-year-old Gerhard Swoboda, 77, pulled onto shore by beachgoers who discovered him floating in the waves.
Police said there were no signs of assault and presumed he died of natural causes. Investigators discovered Swoboda suffered from diabetes and speculated he had an attack while swimming and drowned.
The body was sent to the Forensics Institute for a scientific determination of the cause of death.
Pattaya police are looking for a Thai man who kidnapped and robbed a Chinese transvestite he initially mistook for a female tourist.
Wang Yale, 20, said he had been shopping when he approached a tattooed Thai man, asking where he had the ink done. The Thai offered to take the victim to the shop, but, instead, drove to a secluded area about 100 meters from a Tourist Police box near Pratamnak Hill.
The suspect then punched the Chinese ladyboy in the face, knocking him to the ground in preparation for a sexual assault. The Thai then received an unexpected surprise. The suspect punched the victim again, then robbed him of a Christian Dior handbag worth 4,200 baht that contained 32,000 baht and a mobile phone; and a gold necklace worth 80,000 baht.
Wang walked into Pattaya Tourism Division 4 station to request help. The suspect was not found, but police do have a photo captured by a closed-circuit television camera.
Tourist Police, however, did not report the crime to reporters, fearing more damage to the city’s image in China. The Pattaya Mail, however, discovered the news, forcing police to break their silence.
A Russian tourist lost about 67,000 baht after being drugged and robbed by a prostitute who put a sedative on her breasts.
A groggy Sergei Borisov, 50, called police March 12 from his Soi Yamoto hotel room to report the robbery by a bargirl from Soi Buakaow.
He said he took the woman, about 25 years old, back to the hotel, only to pass out. He awoke four hours later to find his wallet emptied of 1,400 euros, $400, and 10,000 rubles.
A teenager needing cash to follow his dream of becoming a professional footballer was arrested for allegedly funding his pursuit by snatching a handbag from a Russian tourist.
A Finnish man died after committing suicide by laying down in front of a moving tour bus in Jomtien Beach.
Timo Kalevi Kantisila, 48, suffered a crushed skull and massive trauma in the March 2 incident outside the Jomtien Palm Beach Hotel.
A Burmese construction worker who allegedly held a young store clerk at knifepoint was knocked unconscious when the girl’s 70-year-old grandfather stabbed him in the head.
A broke Swedish family begged police to deport them home, as they had run out of cash and lost a passport.
Family, friends and top police officials turned out to pay last respects to a Banglamung Police lance corporal killed in last month’s deadly police effort to reclaim Bangkok’s Phan Fah Bridge from anti-government demonstrators.
Chonburi Immigration Police have arrested a Belgian fugitive wanted for allegedly murdering his wife and dumping her body in a lake before fleeing to Pattaya.
A 70-year-old grandmother stabbed a 15-year-old she found breaking into her grocery store.
The teenager suffered a 3cm stab wound to the head in the Feb. 24 incident on Soi Tanman-Thunglom 13. He was given first aid and taken to Banglamung Police Station.
Suri Suwannapat said she had closed the grocery in the front of her home and gone to bed when she heard someone breaking in through the ventilation system. The boy, she claimed, covered her mouth, but she fought back and screamed for help.
Suri’s niece, Malini Greemla, 24, came from next door, but was unable to fight off the larger boy. Suri said she then pulled out a knife she keeps under her bed and stabbed the suspect.
Police suspect the teenager was under the influence of drugs. Officers said the boy confessed to the break-in, claiming to need money to visit his girlfriend in Bangkok.