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Robber arrested after attacking, stealing from disabled man in Pattaya

Tara Abhasakun

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Photo by The Pattaya News.

Police arrested a man in Pattaya yesterday who allegedly violently attacked and stole from a disabled man on Monday. The robber, 26 year old Tanaphon ‘Beer’ Janthamol, admitted to robbing the man, a lottery ticket seller who is in a wheelchair, while under the influence of methamphetamine.

The ticket seller, 39 year old Surachet Sithong, said he was rolling down the side of the motorway in his wheelchair a man on a motorcycle told him to stop to buy a lottery ticket. Surachat said the man suddenly punched him in the face, making him fall backward onto the ground. The thief then repeatedly stomped on him, but luckily a bystander rushed to help. The robber then reportedly grabbed Surachet’s ID card, ATM card, gold necklace, and 70 lottery tickets before dashing away on his motorbike.

Chon Buri police say Beer now faces a minimum of several years in prison, due to being a repeat offender. A team from the Chonburi Provincial Police and the Huayyai Police reported that they tracked Beer down with CCTV footage, and found him hiding in a remote area.

Surachet said he was horrified after being attacked because he never imagined someone would be cruel enough to attack a disabled man.

This news comes after another violent attack in Pattaya earlier this month. A 32 year old Italian man and a 35 year old Thai female were allegedly attacked while travelling on their motorbike.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News | The Pattaya News

 

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    A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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