Gang members arrested for Pattaya helipad rape, robbery

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Two men and two teenagers were arrested for rape of an 18-year-old woman and robbery of her boyfriend at a Pratamnak Hill helipad.

The capture of Suchart Polpao, 20, Punnarath Noynart, 20, and two 17-year-olds was announced March 2 following their arrest in Nonthaburi, where they were hiding out with a friend. The four were charged with rape, robbery and assault.

Police said the four men, alleged members of the “Team Ting Gun” gang in Nongjabtao, attacked the couple around 4 a.m. Feb 22, disguising a facial-foam tube as a gun to hold Sarawut Borisut, 20, at bay while the three others dragged the woman into the woods near the helipad to rape he at knifepoint.

Two of the four accused rapists are brought out for the press.Two of the four accused rapists are brought out for the press.

The men allegedly also robbed her of 3,000 baht and took 1,000 baht from Sarawut before fleeing on motorbikes.

Pol Lt Gen Thanate Pinmuangnam, commander of Provincial Police Region 2, said the case garnered considerable public attention and damaged the image of tourism in Pattaya.

Police said the suspects admitted to raping the woman but denied stealing money.