Witnesses grab robber seen stabbing Russian tourist

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Quick-thinking bystanders apprehended a recently released murderer after he was seen stabbing a Russian tourist during a robbery.

Wirat Phimbut, 28, was apprehended and beaten by witnesses to the Nov. 23 attack near Pothisamphan School on Naklua Road. Olga Nazarenko, 25, suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s intensive-care unit.

Convict Wirat Phimbut was caught and arrested after stabbing a Russian woman in Naklua. Convict Wirat Phimbut was caught and arrested after stabbing a Russian woman in Naklua.

Police found a box cutter, $12, a mobile phone and various other items on the Prachinburi man, who told police he’d been released five months ago from prison where he’d been serving a sentence for murder.

Police said Wirat confessed that he’d been drinking with another ex-convict, identified only as “Gap,” and both men wanted to commit a robbery to get more money for booze. They drove around North Pattaya until they saw Nazarenko and a female friend walking. Gap stopped the bike and Wirat said he attempted to rob the pair.

Nazarenko fought back, however, and Wirat told police he stabbed her. Gap fled on the motorbike, but passers-by grabbed and beat the would-be robber as he tried to escape on foot.