Russian tourist arrested for violent conduct in Phuket hotel

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A Russian man was apprehended at a hotel in Karon, Phuket, for causing a public disturbance and engaging in violent behaviour.

The incident, which occurred earlier this week, prompted Karon Police to issue a stern warning to all foreigners against unruly, alcohol-fuelled conduct.

The alert came in response to a Tuesday night altercation that resulted in a police officer resorting to a taser to subdue the intoxicated Russian man.

Deputy Chief of Karon Police Teerayut Suksanguan provided details about the incident to the press today. He reported that he had been summoned to the Glow Mira Hotel following a report of two foreign men involved in a physical brawl, thereby disrupting the peace for other hotel guests.

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A video recording of the incident revealed the futile attempts of several men trying to pacify the aggressive Russian. Instead of calming down, the man responded by assaulting them.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered Russian national, Aleksandr Tolstov, in an inebriated state and causing a nuisance which was disturbing other guests at the hotel due to his chaotic conduct.

When officers attempted to intervene and pacify Tolstov, their efforts were met with shouts of defiance. Tolstov also physically assaulted the officers, obstructing them from carrying out their duties. A video of this episode showed Tolstov kicking and punching the officers trying to calm him down outside the hotel.

Sergeant Phisanu Singhara sustained minor injuries and bruises in the altercation. Ultimately, the officers had to deploy a taser on Tolstov, causing the Russian to fall, sustaining minor injuries, reported Phuket News.

Following treatment of his injuries at Chalong Hospital, Tolstov was taken to Karon Police Station to face charges.

In related news, a Russian tourist’s reckless rampage through Phuket Town Hall led to significant damage to the governor’s office and ended with his arrest and subsequent hospitalisation. The 24 year old man stole a local’s motorbike and fled the scene before being apprehended by police.

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