A Russian couple with the help of bystanders caught a 35-year-old Thai man on a motorbike who tried to snatch the woman’s handbag near Soi Pattaya Park. The couple fought the man, whose bike fell to the ground as he tried to escape. Bystanders helped capture the thief.
Police arrested a pregnant woman after an undercover sting operation at a Huay Yai home. The woman said she could not stop using drugs despite her pregnancy. The suspect and her husband lost their jobs after becoming addicts, so they sold drugs for income.
More than 50 police officers blockaded a house with a drug dealer inside who was holding a police undercover agent as a hostage, after escaping a police sting operation. Police eventually talked the suspect into giving up peacefully. The suspect had been arrested many times on drug charges.
Two Indian men meandering along Pattaya Beach road at night were victimized by three ladyboys on motorbikes who stopped to offer their sexual services. As they were fondling the men, a ladyboy snatched a gold necklace from the victim’s neck before they escaped on motorbikes.
Two teen boys on motorbikes were shot nearly 30 times by an armed rival gang but survived their injuries. The victims were part of a group of 20 teens riding back from a car fair in Laem Chabang. However, a rival gang in South Pattaya began chasing and beating them and shooting at them.
Sattahip police have arrested a sixth suspect in a network of drug dealers selling drugs to teens and students in the area. A 28-year-old woman was arrested after an undercover sting drug purchase. She told police that a Rayong prison inmate was the mastermind behind their drug network.
A 44-year-old housekeeper was arrested for selling amphetamine pills to soldiers at Sattahip marine base. The woman told police she was getting fewer jobs as she got older, and her health was declining, so she resorted to drug dealing for income.
A 25-year-old former soldier apparently high on drugs twice entered a military woman’s home in Sattahip. He was arrested after the first illegal entry. But he was set free the next day, and invaded her house again with a knife and destroyed her property while she was away.
A man with a fake Norwegian passport was arrested on charges of renting motorbikes from Pattaya shops and never returning them. Police assumed the man had sold the rental bikes for cash. He was confirmed as the thief by motorbike rental owners who never got their motorbikes back.
In a follow-up to the arrests of two school janitors for drug dealing, police arrested three more suspects involved in the drug network. Police seized drugs and a pistol in a raid of a Rayong apartment. The police commander condemned the suspects for selling drugs to teens and children.
A Thai man was arrested on sex trafficking charges for luring a 32-year-old Thai woman to Japan last year, by promising her a job at a karaoke bar. However, man took her to a Japanese couple who forced the woman into prostitution. Thai police later helped the victim return to Thailand.
Chonburi immigration police arrested a 56-year-old Australian for posting nude photographs of a Thai woman on the Internet, in an apparent extortion attempt. The woman said the nude photos destroyed her reputation and notified police. The man denied trying to blackmail her.
A couple who worked as school janitors at a Rayong school were arrested for selling amphetamines and ya-ice to students and teens in the area. The couple told police that their custodial jobs did not provide enough income, so they resorted to selling drugs to help pay for daily living expenses.
The Thai police arrested a 39-year-old Trang man for killing a Japanese woman in Tokyo nearly 20 years ago. The statute of limitations was nearly set to expire. The suspect had been her paid gigolo, but killed her in a fit of rage after she angrily called him a dog on the street and spat on him.
Police are holding the wife of a 30-year-old Cambodian construction worker who died after being stabbed. On the night of his killing, the couple had argued and she left to sleep in the laborer’s camp. In the morning she was told he had died. Police believe she is withholding knowledge of the killing.
A 65-year-old Finland man was stabbed in his chest by a female Thai acquaintance after an argument. He died on the road outside his Suk Sabai Villa apartment. The woman fled on a motorbike, but police expect to arrest her soon.
A Pattaya man was shot and killed by his 20-year-old drug addict nephew, who believed his uncle was a police informant after the nephew’s wife was arrested for drug dealing. Three relatives saw the murder by the nephew, who fled on a motorbike.
Pattaya police announced two recent arrests, one involving a gang of five drug dealers, and the other involving two thieves who stole batteries from the broadcasting poles of cellphone companies.
A 21-year-old suspect wanted for the fatal shooting of a Navy man was captured in a Bangkok rented room, about a week after the murder. The suspect is the son of a Sattahip village chief, who is also charged with murder in the shooting, triggered by a drunken dispute at a bar.
A 20-year-old man who claimed to be a magician was arrested for armed robbery after stealing a woman’s handbag at knifepoint. The man said he had performed magic shows for tourists on Walking Street, but had no job after being released from prison on drug charges.