Theerarak Suthathiwong

A British-Thai couple lost about 160,000 baht in a daring home-invasion robbery at their East Pattaya condominium.

A Roi-et woman turned a desperate “wai” into a fist to fend off a rapist in her South Pattaya apartment.

Phusadee Suthikorn, 31, called police Dec. 25 to report the afternoon attack at the Sukasem Apartments on Soi Set-ti. She suffered cuts to the hands and ear, but was otherwise unharmed.

The victim told police she was sleeping around 3:30 p.m., but had left the door unlocked. She awoke to find a shirtless man in his mid-20s on her bed, pointing a knife at her.

Phusadee said she put her palms together to beg for the rapist to leave, then used the Thai “wai” to knock away the blade. She then kicked him off the bed and the attacker fled out the window.

Police said the suspect left behind his shoes and his shirt, however. The floral-print clothing, they believe, is a uniform from a local hotel and police are checking to see if they can find a match.

Police are calling the theft of three expensive white tiger cubs from the Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm an “inside job” for black market wildlife traders outside Thailand.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 14:44

Check bin? Just pay the dog

There’s no need to hail a waiter for the check at Tik’s Noodles. Just pay the dog.

Mink, an 8-year-old mixed-Bangkaew breed, has been trained to fetch payments at the Rong Poh noodle shop. But it doesn’t always get back to the register. Mink, it seems, has a jones for dried fish snacks.

Royal Garden officially launched its holiday season with the lighting of the mall’s Christmas tree.

City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai, chairperson of Pattaya’s tourism & sports and culture committee, along with mall General Manager Somporn Naksuetrong flipped the switch before a large crowd of tourists Dec. 6.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 10:04

Drunk, wrong-way motorcyclist killed in Pong

A Nan Province man was killed while driving his motorcycle against traffic on Highway 36 in Pong.

Sittichai Suthiket, 27, was hit head on by a Chevrolet pickup truck before the Khao Maikaew Bridge after midnight Dec. 15. Police said the corpse reeked of alcohol.

The unidentified truck driver from Rayong said he was coming around a curve when suddenly the motorbike appeared directly in front of him. There was no time to stop.

Another drunken motorcyclist ends up dead on Thailand’s roads.Another drunken motorcyclist ends up dead on Thailand’s roads.

An Israeli tourist arrested on shoplifting charges denied he stole anything, but was unable to explain how a 690-baht hat ended up in his backpack.

A teenager was injured after apparently falling from a Sukhumvit Road pedestrian crossing.

Chockhai Leechaikul, 17, suffered a broken hip and skull in the 9:30 p.m. accident Dec. 17. Police believe he fell, and was not pushed, from the 5-meter-high bridge over Sukhumvit at South Road. Chockhai fell onto a passing car and was transported to Banglamung Hospital.

Local motorcycle-taxi driver Cherdchai Thummapratheep, 45, said the sound of the teen hitting the car was like a car crash. He turned around and saw the youth lying in the middle of the street.

Chockhai’s mother Thongbon Leechaikul, 45, said her son often climbs poles and trees and likely was climbing the bridge and fell while playing around.

Hundreds of area residents lined the street as a procession of monks paraded through Pattaya to herald the promotion of Chaimongkol Temple’s abbot.

A broken housing for an electrical transformer has been taken over by Beach Road vagrants and prostitutes who are using it as a toilet and shelter for their illegal activities.

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