PATTAYA – August 22, 2012 [PDN]: at 12:20 a.m., Pol. Lt. Col. Pallop Ringrod, vice suppression inspector, Pattaya police station, was notified that a victim had caught a man who had threatened him for money.
He rushed to the scene at the front of Aroyjang pan pork, Sukhumwit Rd. inbound to middle Pattaya, NongPrue, Banglamung, Chonburi.
Waiting for the police was Mr. Yuttasak Prompraison, age 28, a well-known Pattaya hotel worker. He and several citizens together caught the suspect after his extortion attempt.
The police arrested and searched the defendant and found his ID stating that he was a customer service representative. The suspect was identified as Mr. Rachain Khansamran or Tum, age 22, living at 87/1 Moo 10, Tambon Nong Prue, Banglamung, Chonburi.
Mr.Rachain was wearing a pink polo shirt that had a four-part uniform design of the Thailand floating market in Pattaya. He was also wearing a long green coat over his pink shirt.
He was carrying a red communication radio and was riding a brown Yamaha Fino Ngor motorbike, license RorNgor -117 Chonburi, which he used to escape after committing his crime.
The victim, Mr.Yuttasak, told police that he had been riding his motorcycle on his way home. When he was passing the Thepprasit housing area, Mr. Rachain pulled alongside on his motorbike and commanded him to pull over.
Mr. Rachain said that he was a police volunteer, and showed Mr. Yuttasak his red walkie-talkie. He then said he would arrest Mr. Yuttasak for not wearing a helmet.
If he wanted to avoid arrest, he had to pay him 200 baht to be released. Mr. Yuttasak did not want to get into trouble, so he paid 100 baht to Mr. Rachain, who accepted the lesser amount, and drove away on Sukhumvit Rd.
However, Mr. Yuttasak then realized that he should report to the police to arrest this man, so he rode after Mr. Rachain. Then Mr. Yuttasak met a real police volunteer, and described the incident to him. They agreed to catch the man.
The two men caught up to Mr. Rachain at the scene of an accident, where a car had crashed into a road island. Mr. Rachain had parked his motorcycle and was walking among the people watching the accident. He was also having friendly conversations with police officers at the scene.
So the volunteer police officer and Mr. Yuttasak together arrested Mr. Rachain, and asked the police for help.
Police then questioned Mr. Rachain, who seemed like he was drunk or high from drugs. He claimed that he was a police volunteer and was a subordinate to some police officers, and he did not cause any trouble.
But after being pressed by police, Mr. Rachain confessed that he worked as a security at the Pattaya floating market.
He admitting blackmailing Mr. Yuttasak by demanding 200 baht for the false arrest, but he had settled for only 100 baht. Mr. Rachain claimed that he committed his crime to buy milk to feed his toddler child.
However, police also suspected Mr. Rachain of being the same person who had earlier threatened a tourist at Pattaya beach. So the police called Mr. Kris Chaiv, a 42-year-old German, to come and identify the suspect.
Mr. Kris confirmed that Mr. Rachain was the same man who had threatened him, and had been trying to get his 1-baht gold ring. But Mr. Kris had refused to surrender the ring, so Mr. Rachain then seized his motorcycle key to prevent him from following.
Mr. Rachain confessed to both blackmail attempts and was arrested. Police initially charged the suspect with extortion, and are checking in detail for other people who may have been victimized to add to the allegations.