American woman sexually assaulted in Bangkok

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

A 24 year old American woman was sexually assaulted by a man in her apartment, following a meeting arranged via a dating app. The 25 year old suspect, Tienming Ho, asked if he could spend the night at her place, and then committed the crime. Ho allegedly confessed to the offence and was apprehended by the police at 11.15am today.

The arrest occurred at a residence in Huai Khwang, Bangkok, and was led by Police Colonel Sunthorn Malawet, the commander of Somdet Chaopraya police station, alongside Police Colonel Niphol Suknium, the commander of the 8th division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau. The arrest was made following a warrant issued by Thonburi Criminal Court, numbered 868/2023, dated November 7.

The crime was committed on 2 November. The victim, an American woman, met the suspect, known only as Tim, through the Tinder app. After meeting at a bar, the suspect asked if he could stay at her place, to which she agreed, stating that there would be no sexual intercourse as she had to work in the morning. However, at 2am on November 3, the suspect allegedly sexually assaulted her against her will. The victim then managed to evict the alleged rapist from her apartment.

After receiving the report, investigators from Somdet Chaopraya Police Station, officials from the 8th division of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, and officers from the Immigration Bureau and the Tourist Police Bureau cooperated in the investigation. They interrogated the victim, and witnesses, and tracked down the suspect, Ho, a 25 year old Chinese national.

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The police, with the help of the Tourist Police Bureau, provided an interpreter to facilitate the interrogation of the victim and the suspect. The victim confirmed that she was assaulted by Ho, and insisted on pressing charges.

Police then requested a warrant from Thonburi Criminal Court, which granted the request. After surveying the CCTV footage, they were able to apprehend Ho at his residence in Ratchada, reported KhaoSod.

During the preliminary interrogation, Ho confessed to meeting the victim via the app for sexual intercourse. However, when she refused, he was charged and arrested. The police then took Ho into custody to proceed with the legal process.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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