2 hurt as armed robbers continue crime spree in Pattaya


Two people were hurt during an armed robbery perpetrated by suspects in two other crimes.

Nirut Sriharaj, 38, was pistol-whipped in the face and Thanaporn Tathong, 33, was shot in the neck July 4 in front of a convenience store next to the Roy Lan 2 construction materials shop on Pattanakarn Road.

Frightened witness Praw­phan Radarong, 25, said she and her two family members were riding a motorbike on a deserted road when they were forced to stop by two male youths on another bike.

Nirut fought the two to protect his sisters, but was hit in the head and knocked unconscious. Then one shot Thanaporn and stole her handbag containing two mobile phones and cash before fleeing on Pattanakarn Road.

Police responded quickly, but could not locate the thieves, who are suspected in two similar robberies.

Other crimes occurred on Soi Chaiyapornwithi 25 on June 27, when two maids were robbed of 2,000 baht and a phone; and in front of Paradise Hill 2 Village on June 29 when two people were robbed of 15,000 baht and a phone.