Conflicting reports emerge on Canadian man reportedly mugged in Patong

Patong bar owner gives police her side of the story, photo by The Phuket Express.

UPDATE

Conflicting reports are emerging on the Canadian man who was allegedly mugged in Patong on Friday night.

Earlier, Phuket Tourist Police said that the man, 28 year old William Lamarche Saint Louis, told them that five men violently mugged him near Patong Beach. Saint Louis said he had been drinking at a bar before going for a walk at night. He said five men approached him and threatened him for his 50,000 baht watch. Saint Louis said the attackers demanded his bag which contained 5,000 baht in cash and broke his nose when he refused to hand the bag over.

But the bar’s owner has now come forward with a different version of events. The owner, Tuenjai, and three of her staff members met with the police to tell their side of the story.

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Tuenjai told Patong Police that Saint Louis had refused to pay his bill after eating and drinking at her restaurant. She said Saint Louis was heavily intoxicated and shoved her staff. Tuenjai said that Saint Louis challenged staffers to fight him, The Phuket Express reported.

Tuenjai went on to say that other staffers tried to stop the fight. She claimed that all five of the staff involved in the fight were teenagers, and not grown men. She said that none had taken Saint Louis’s watch or money.

Saint Louis has now reportedly left Phuket, and gone to Koh Phi Phi in Krabi province. Police are attempting to contact him. Police say they will not jump to conclusions and will review CCTV and listen to both sides as part of their investigation.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

A Patong police officer reportedly refused to help a Canadian tourist who was violently mugged.

The victim, 28 year old William Lamarche Saint Louis, said five men violently mugged him near Patong Beach on Friday. Saint Louis told Patong Police he had been drinking at a bar before going for a walk at night. He said five men approached him and threatened him for his 50,000 baht watch.

Fearing for his safety, Saint Louis handed over the watch, but the suspects then demanded his bag which contained 5,000 baht in cash. When Saint Louis refused to hand over his bag, the group attacked him before fleeing the scene. The attackers broke William’s nose.

Saint Louis walked to find police when he saw a police officer on patrol. When he told the officer about the incident, the officer asked if he had any more money. The officer refused to take him to the police station because he didn’t have any money left, The Phuket Express reported. William then walked back to Patong Beach where someone directed him to report the incident directly to the Phuket Tourist Police.

Saint Louis went to a nearby clinic to treat his injuries, however, the clinic informed him that he needed to see a specialist for his broken nose. Tourist police said Saint Louis made an appointment to see a doctor on Sunday, The Phuket News reported.

Meanwhile, the mother of the suspects claims that a fight broke out between Saint Louis and the attackers because Saint Louis and the attackers because he refused to pay for his food and drinks at the venue, according to Thai news outlet One 31. The mother claims that the suspects did not rob Saint Louis.

The Phuket Tourist Police are now investigating the alleged attack and robbery.

This is a developing story, and The Thaiger will continue to provide updates.

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Tara Abhasakun

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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