18 Bangkok teens arrested after Jomtien gang melee

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Eighteen Bangkok teenagers were arrested following an armed brawl with a youth gang in Jomtien Beach.

The 15 underage boys and three girls, all underage, were apprehended at 2 a.m. Sept. 23 when they tried to flee the melee in front of the Welcome Beach Jomtien Hotel. Police confiscated four knives, four steel pipes and a baseball bat.

One 16-year-old boy said he and his friends had hired a minibus in Bangkok to spend a day in Jomtien. They said they were minding their own business when a group of 10 local kids confronted them. One Jomtien teen slapped a Bangkok youth in the face with a belt and the fight began. The Bangkok teen said their group brought the knives and pipes along for protection in case of trouble.

Minibus driver Theerapat Dokphikul, 29, said the baseball bat was his, but denied any role in the youth’s mischief.

Police round up the Bangkok teens who were in Jomtien ready to rumble with a cache of weapons (Below). Police round up the Bangkok teens who were in Jomtien ready to rumble with a cache of weapons (Below).