Russian woman escapes kidnapping attempt

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A Russian man accused a fellow countryman of trying to kidnap his wife in Pattaya, likely for ransom.

Vladimir Pomytkin, 47, and wife Yulia Tikhovskaya, 37, filed the report Nov. 26, accusing supposed friend Aleksander Kuznetsov of trying to abduct her three days earlier near the Chokchai 4 housing development in East Pattaya.

Tikhovskaya said her husband, a real estate executive, was away on of his frequent business trips and she had been staying with her daughter.

She claimed Kuznetsov had asked her to drive him home to Soi Pornprapamit and help him run some errands on Soi Khao Noi. But when Tikhovskaya stopped her Nissan Teana near the housing estate, Kuznetsov allegedly used what she thought to be a taser to shock her in the neck several times.

She fought him off and ran away, the Russian man following. He allegedly screamed at passersby that they were married and having a quarrel, but they didn’t believe him and came to her rescue.

Vladimir Pomytkin and wife Yulia Tikhovskaya make a report to police about Aleksander Kuznetsov who allegedly tried to kidnap Yulia in Pattaya.Vladimir Pomytkin and wife Yulia Tikhovskaya make a report to police about Aleksander Kuznetsov who allegedly tried to kidnap Yulia in Pattaya.

Kuznetsov then fled in her car, the woman told police. In the vehicle was a large amount of money, a mobile phone and documents.

The car was later found, keys and license plates in the trunk, in the Big C South Pattaya parking lot. Police are trying to track down Kuznetsov with the intent of charging him with attempted kidnapping and assault.