An American-Thai man was killed after he slammed his new, high-powered motorbike into the back of a parked truck on Thepprasit Road.
Amnuay Ananthakul, 21, suffered a fractured skull in the crash just before midnight May 2 in front of Samui Easy Tech Co. The force of the impact pushed a Mazda pickup truck 20 meters from its parking spot.
Subban Burton, manager at Samui Easy Tech, said she had parked the truck in front of her shop and home before receiving a telephone call from an employee that the vehicle had been rear-ended. The crash actually awakened her family.
“I was upstairs sleeping like a rock when phones started ringing everywhere,” Easy Tech owner Stephen Burton told friends on his Facebook page. “Sounds of a police/ambulance sirens and 50+ folks milling around Thepprasit Road’s latest vehicle carnage on (the) front door.”
Burton’s damaged truck was impounded, leaving him to work out with police in the days following to retrieve and repair it.
Police are looking for four youths who robbed a Sriracha college student at gunpoint of his motorbike, smartphone and cash.
Pattaya police stepped up patrols of ATM booths, convenience stores, gas stations, banks and gold shops following a teller machine heist that netted thieves 2 million baht.
A musician who left a suicide note on Facebook was found dead in his Pattaya apartment.
Kriangsak Hobgratok, 24, was found less than five hours after apparently ingesting pesticide in his room at Marisa Place on Soi Prapanimitr April 30. A friend of the Nakhon Ratchasima native said the victim had been depressed because his girlfriend recently broke up with him.
The friend told police that, shortly before dying, the band member at a Pattaya pub had posted what amounted to a suicide note on his Facebook page giving people his location and asking friends to take his body home.
In the post, he also asked that someone tell his ex-girlfriend that “her boyfriend had gone to sleep forever. I am in sound mind. I am just tired with life and depressed with everything. Everyone please forgive me.”
A privately-owned Nong Plalai housing development now has its own police box following a donation of two cars to Banglamung Police by the village’s owner.
The president of the Nong Plalai Sub-district Council is under investigation for hiring a private company to dig up land surrounding a public irrigation canal.
A drunken Russian both broke and broken-hearted was arrested for allegedly stealing a bottle of Bangyikhan, a strong rice spirit somewhat like vodka but more harsh, to drown his sorrows.
A nine-year-old boy with Down Syndrome kept watch over the body of his dead British father for nearly a week until police discovered the body in East Pattaya.
Officers and Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan officers were called to the Soi Khao Talo home of Robert Sorenson, 36, April 26. Police broke through the locked door to find Sorenson’s decomposing body in a back room and a shocked Luke Attiroot Soronson nearby.
Officers are unsure whether the developmentally challenged boy was aware his father was dead. Sorenson had been dead five to seven days, officials estimated.
Neighbor Weawdao Stromberg, 27, called police after hearing the boy crying and detecting the foul odor. She said Sorenson had been raising the boy since his mother left several years ago.
Pol. Lt. Col. Vinai Horhin stated that from initial examination of the body, he believes that Robert must have died from an illness or due to suffocation because of the heat and there is no air conditioning within the house leading to shock and eventually death.
The body was sent to the Forensic Institute to determine the cause of death while the child was taken in by a foreign neighbor.
A teenage woman was severely injured after fireworks exploded in her hands.
Waraporn Gasan, 19, suffered burns to both hands and bruises to her stomach stemming from the April 21 explosion. She was transported to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.
Jaruwit Thipradab, the 45-year-old owner of the Nongprue home where the accident occurred, said he was unsure how the accident happened, as he was in the front of the house when he heard the explosion in the back. He entered the room to find the family friend crying amidst remnants of a large set of fireworks.
Police were skeptical of the story and planned to investigate further once the victim recovered.
Police and social workers rescued 23 children from the clutches of suspected human traffickers during a raid of four locations in Pattaya.
Minister of Social Development and Human Stability Paveena Hongsakula ordered the Department of Special Investigations, Chonburi human-trafficking police, and officers from Nongprue and Banglamung stations based on reports that Thai and Cambodian traffickers were forcing children to work as beggars in Pattaya’s entertainment districts.