Connect with us


Italian tourist slashed by teens in botched Phuket bag-snatch



PHUKET: Police have arrested three teenagers and are searching for the gang’s alleged female ringleader after a failed bag-snatch attempt in Karon left an Italian tourist injured.

Italian tourists Herbert Wunderer, 49, and Karin Katherina Albert, 54, were walking back to their hotel after midnight on Monday when five youths on two motorbikes pulled up alongside them, said Lt Col Sophon Borirak of the Karon Police.

“One of them [a teenager] tried to take Karin’s bag,” Mr Wunderer said in his statement to police.

“I tried to stop them, but one of them used a knife to slash my left shoulder.”

People nearby ran to assist the Italians, forcing the teenagers to flee, Col Sophon explained.

“We checked CCTV footage, and could see the suspects heading toward Chalong Circle after the crime,” he said.

By 3am, the officers had three of the teenagers in custody, for whom police used the monikers Mr Benz, 16; Mr Pond and Mr Johnson, both 17.

Mr Benz and Mr Pond were arrested at separate addresses in Rassada, while Mr Johnson was arrested in front of Muang Phuket Municipality School in Phuket Town.

Mr Johnson, who police identified by CCTV footage as the one who slashed Mr Wunderer, was found in possession of a knife believed to have been the one used in the crime, Col Sophon noted.

“The three teens confessed to committing the attempted snatch, and named Sukkanya Saetiew, 25, as their ringleader,” Col Sophon said.

The teens face charges of gang robbery at night and assault.

“Although five suspects were initially wanted for the attack, we have since confirmed that one of the five was only a witness to the crime,” said Col Sophon.

“We are now searching for Ms Sukkanya.”

The attack on Monday closely resembled a botched bag-snatch in Kata in 2012 in which Australian tourist Michelle Smith died after being stabbed while defending her bag (story here).

The two men found guilty for that attack – Surasak Suwannachote, who confessed to stabbing Ms Smith, and Surin Tadthong, who confessed to operating the motorbike used in the attack – were both sentenced to life in prison (story here).

— Kritsada Mueanhawong


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Visa9 hours ago

CCSA to consider extending Thailand tourist visa to 45 days

Bangkok10 hours ago

Man caught taking drugs inside a Bangkok police booth didn’t give a crap

Thailand10 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Thailand no longer considers Covid “dangerous infectious disease” 

Sponsored18 hours ago

Enjoy a splashing time and immerse yourself in Thai Mythology in Andamanda Phuket

Crime10 hours ago

Wife says boss of Mountain B in Pattaya is ‘not a villain’

Crime11 hours ago

Policeman poses as Buddhist monk to trick drug dealers in central Thailand

Travel11 hours ago

Stress-free travel with AXA Travel Insurance

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Guides11 hours ago

Mother’s Day in Thailand 2022: 5 fun ways to pamper your mom

Thailand11 hours ago

Thai minister insists minimum wage increase is not electioneering

Bangkok12 hours ago

Swedish Embassy hailed for giving 6-month parental leave to Thai staff

Travel13 hours ago

Everything you need to know about the Bangkok Skytrain (BTS)

Environment13 hours ago

PM warns Thailand to brace itself for potential flooding

Travel13 hours ago

Watch Koh Samui’s magical sunset from these sunset bars

Thailand14 hours ago

Local hero predicts building collapse, saves countless lives in eastern Thailand

Phuket14 hours ago

9 year old boy kills a 7 year old girl with a police pistol in Phuket

Press Room14 hours ago

Southeast Asia’s sauciest tech event, Techsauce Global Summit to return to Bangkok in physical form

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11