A drunk minivan driver is wanted for the attempted rape of a female passenger.
The unidentified driver for The Transport Co. was visibly intoxicated while driving a van-full of people from the northern Bangkok bus station to Pattaya April 4. All but one passenger disembarked in Sriracha, leaving only an 18-year-old woman in the vehicle.
The victim told police the driver threatened her with physical harm if she didn’t sit in the front passenger’s seat. When she did, he molested her until stopping for gas on Sukhumvit Road. Afterward, he tried to drag her to the back of the van, but she talked him out of it, exchanging phone numbers and promising to meet up with him later that day once they arrived in Pattaya.
Police record details of the minivan before beginning their search for the attempted rapist.
When they arrived at the DK Bus Depot in central Pattaya, the woman called her boyfriend who beat up the driver once he arrived. Drunk and bloody, the minivan driver ran away, leaving the van behind.
Police said the 20s-age man is being sought by police and authorities seized the minivan.
Two sons of a government official working at the Sattahip Naval Base were arrested for allegedly dealing methamphetamines out of a publicly owned house.
District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and officers from the National Command Center for drugs captured Wassapol Saencharoen, 18, and Jirachot Romsukh, 21, during a sting operation in Moo 2 April 5. Investigators seized 154 ya ba tablets and 10,000 baht used in the transaction.
After learning of the alleged drug dealers, Sattahip and Royal Thai Navy officials set up a buy for 70 ya ba pills, exchanging the cash and drugs at a government-owned house. A further search uncovered the two men’s alleged drug stash.
NCCD Capt. Khomphan Uplanont said the homeowners are being questioned regarding their knowledge of the drug dealing going on there and paperwork has been filed to evict them from public housing.
Wassapol Saencharoen and Jirachot Romsukh have been arrested for allegedly trafficking illicit drugs.
A British expat died after apparently falling and hitting his head on a glass table in his central Pattaya apartment.
The body of Brian Herbert, 72, was found April 9 at the Ruay Samer Apartments on Soi Chalermphrakiat 23. He’d been dead for about five hours after suffering a severe skull fracture. A smashed glass table was the only sign of disturbance in the room.
Apartment owner Samruay Thongnak, 67, said Herbert had been living there for six years and drank often.
Herbert’s friend, Phil Robinson, found the body after calling on the dead man, but getting no answer to the door.
Nongprue police have arrested a Phayao man for allegedly robbing a Russian woman in her Soi Wat Boonsamphan home.
An argument between two Turkish former business partners turned bloody when one allegedly stabbed the other to settle the quarrel over an ice cream freezer.
An elderly British man supposedly upset with the party habits of his young wife apparently hung himself at a central Pattaya condominium.
The body of Philip Lee Atkins, 62, was found in a building behind the Niran Grand Condotel on Soi Arunothai March 30. A black electrical wire was found around his neck, although the wire had snapped, causing the body to fall to the ground.
In his pocket, police found a letter to Atkins’ wife, Parinyakorn Jinda, 30, asking her to contact his older brother in Phuket to take custody of his body.
Neighbors told police that Atkins had lived at Niran since November with his wife, but they frequently quarreled because Parinyakorn liked to go out with friends and often stayed away for days.
Navy ordinance specialists defused a homemade bomb found near Banglamung Vocational College.
Determined to be little more than a giant firecracker, the device was found April 1 about 20 meters from the civil-defense volunteer post on Soi Nongketyai. The naval bomb squad defused the device with a water-cutting tool and no one was injured.
The navy’s bomb squad was able to defuse this homemade bomb planted near Banglamung Vocational College.
The triangle-shaped object with two funnel-shaped plastic containers, circuit board, and fuse wires taped into a 15cm chunk was likely left by teenagers looking to injure rivals or someone unhappy with neighbors in the area, police speculated. Investigators noted that a dummy bomb had been found in the same area previously this year.
Pattaya police arrested three Chinese shoppers suspected to be part of a larger credit-card fraud ring.
Xuan Tao, 37 and Shi Yen Hua, 25, were taken into custody while buying mobile phones at Mike Shopping Mall March 10. Police found two fake credit cards on them with magnetic strip information that didn’t match the printed numbers.
Pattaya Police have arrested Chinese nationals Xuan Tao, Shi Yen Hua, and Shi Zhi Yong for credit card fraud.
Under questioning, the two admitted a third member of their group, Shi Zhi Yong, 46, was staying at Hard Rock Pattaya Hotel. He was arrested there along with four more fake cards, a skimmer and four phones.
The suspects claimed they bought the bogus cards on the Internet, but police believe they are part of a larger fraud ring.
An Irish tourist died when he was nearly decapitated by a boat’s anchor rope while speeding his jet ski around Koh Larn.
Stephen David Campbell, 38, suffered a 20-cenitmeter-long slash to the neck that cut through his windpipe in the March 20 accident. Police said he’d driven his rented jet ski at high speed around parked boats and didn’t see the anchor line until it was too late.
Girlfriend Kanyarat Eianthaisong, 38, said Campbell had come to Pattaya five days earlier and was staying at a hotel in North Pattaya. The couple and a tourist friend went to Koh Larn for the day, where Campbell decided to rent the jet ski.
For the second time this year, fire broke out at Nongprue Temple, this time gutting the abbot’s residence.
Ten fire engines from the Nongprue Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Pong and Pattaya battled the March 24 blaze for 30 minutes. Damage was estimated at about 1 million baht.
The fire was the second in about six weeks. Fire damaged a meditation pavilion and an antiques museum at the temple Feb. 12, causing more than 50 million baht in damage.
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in the abbot’s residence at Nongprue Temple.
The residence also houses a radio station for the national Buddhism broadcasting center. Earlier that day, Abbot Phipitkitjarak said he was told the station’s transmitter was running very hot, but he dismissed any threat of fire it posed. Shortly before the flames erupted, witnesses reported hearing several electrical popping sounds.