More than three decades after his sister was pulled off a refugee boat by pirates in the Gulf of Thailand, a Vietnamese man has returned to Thailand to find her, offering a half-million baht reward.
A Bangkok man was arrested for allegedly shooting to death the friend of another man who hit on his girlfriend.
Accompanied by his father, Chairat Chansawang, 24, surrendered to police May 3 for the early April 20 shooting of Suwijak Prasert in front of the SB Karaoke on Naklua Soi 7.
A family of three died when their pickup truck smashed into a utility pole and flipped over into a ditch.
Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa, 22, his wife Anongsri Pommmeungkwa, 32, and her 2-year-old child died in the May 3 accident on Sukhumvit Road near Wat Bannakao. The two adults were trapped in the Isuzu Dmax while the toddler was ejected.
Emergency technicians work to free the bodies of Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa and his wife Anongsri from the wreckage.
Prommin had been stationed at the 2nd Engineer’s Regiment in Nakhon Ratchasima while Anongsri worked at the Fujiko factory in Laem Chabang.
A friend of the family, Supansa Srion, 30, said Prommin had come to visit his wife and child for the Labor Day holiday. They had left a party at Anongsri’s house and were driving to continue partying at Supansa’s home.
Police speculated Prommin was speeding and lost control, hitting the pole and flipping the vehicle into a drainage ditch.
An air-conditioning technician running from a teenage gang was arrested after breaking into a Pattaya home, trying to steal 10,000 baht in alcohol, and passing out in his underwear on the sofa.
An elderly Chinese tourist died after apparently drowning while swimming off Koh Larn.
The body of Zhenlong Ling, 73, was pulled ashore at Tawaen Beach May 5. It was transported by speedboat to Bali Hai Pier along with his relatives.
Ling had been swimming at Koh Larn with a Chinese tour group but reportedly passed out due to exertion and high temperatures, then drowned.
Given several drownings off Koh Larn in recent months, beach users questioned the effectiveness of lifeguards hired by the city to protect tourists.
A central Pattaya man was arrested for allegedly stealing his neighbor’s motorbike.
Weeraphan Pangpipat, 29, was taken into custody May 3 at the Pradubyard Apartments on Sukhumvit Soi 42 after a witness told police he saw Weeraphan drive away Noparat Padkunthod’s Honda.
Noparat, 20, said he parked the three-month-old bike and chained it in the parking lot, but came out and it was gone.
Weeraphan denied taking the bike, but another witness came forward and accused him of taking the motorcycle and parking it at Big C Extra. Police found the bike there and arrested the man.
Pattaya police arrested a Bangkok woman with a huge stash of drugs she allegedly sold on behalf of a Bangkok Remand Prison inmate.
Ladda Ket-Gnamyat, 40, was captured April 28 near a Toyota repair center on Chareonrachadorn Road in Bangkok with 17,600 ya ba tablets, 916 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 400 ecstasy tablets.
The arrest followed interrogation of two alleged small-time drug dealers in Pattaya who cited an inmate named Heng as their supplier. The two suspects were persuaded to set up a delivery.
She was charged with possession with intent to sell Class 1 narcotics.
Ladda Ket-Gnamyat has been arrested and charged with intent to sell Class 1 narcotics.
A Ban Chang man suspected in a string of burglaries in Banglamung and Sattahip districts was arrested with a cache of expensive jewelry.
Suwat Pinsuwan, 38, was taken into custody April 30 with a Rolex watch, 11 pieces of expensive jewelry, a motorcycle and various burglary tools.
He is accused of burglarizing homes and businesses in Pattaya, Ban Chang, and Sattahip.
The latest burglary took place April 16 at the Rapeepan Minimart owned by Rapeepan Ratanaliam, 50, of Huay Yai.
Suwat didn’t get far before he was tracked down and arrested.
Suwat Pinsuwan has been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in Pattaya, Ban Chang, and Sattahip.
Two Cambodians were injured when their pickup truck was struck by a tour bus in Huay Yai.
Driver Fiaya Fawon, 30, and Somsoh Sen, 30, were trapped inside their Si Saket-registered Nissan pickup in the April 29 crash on Highway 331. Rescuers cut them from the vehicle and transported them to a local hospital.
Bus driver Supat Buapan said he was taking 46 passengers from Sattahip to Lopburi and was racing to overtake another vehicle near a factory when the Nissan pulled out of the parking lot there.
He was taken to the police station likely to face charges of reckless driving causing injury.
The driver and passenger were injured when their pickup was struck by a tour bus in Huay Yai.
A Burmese fisherman was rescued from a Thai fishing boat after his girlfriend claimed he was abducted and forced to work against his will, but the boat’s captain said the crewman volunteered.