Police have arrested seven teenagers accused of hurling rocks at passing cars from a Highway 7 pedestrian overpass.
Alleged gang leader Sittichai Rakson, 18, and six boys between the ages 14 and 16 were captured by police after midnight March 20. Police are looking for more youths who managed to escape.
The arrests came after four motorists within two days complained to Banglamung police their vehicles were damaged by rocks tossed from a pedestrian overpass at the Pattaya end of Highway 7. Pisit Piriyawattana, 58, said one rock pierced his windshield and hit him in the chest. Tour bus driver Disorn Bunruang said another rock smashed his mirror and nearly caused him to crash.
Police, victims and a handful of the rock throwing teens point to some of the damage they did.
Nongprue Police Col. Somnuk Changate said investigators believe the youth gang is also involved in recent jewelry snatches.
Police said Sittichai confessed to rounding up his young friends from a temple fair to “test their accuracy” by pushing rocks onto cars from the pedestrian bridge’s railing.