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There is some confusion relating to the arrest of a 42 year old Thai Woman on Wednesday by Pattaya’s Tourist Police, relating to the alleged murder of a US Tourist on Pattaya Beach Road which took place on 11th February 2006.
Reports by local media outlets in 2006 suggested the suspect, Khun Krittsana, was arrested 3 days after the alleged knife attack on Mr. Tony Lindsey from Hawaii, on Pattaya Beach Road in front of Soi 7.
It is thought, at the time, she was working as a prostitute and entered into an argument with Mr. Lindsey over payment for sexual services. The argument escalated when her Husband, Khun Supot aged 35, was called and began to fight the Tourist. Khun Krittsana is alleged to have stabbed Mr. Lindsey and he later succumbed to his injuries in Hospital.
Reports at the time suggest she was arrested by Police Captain Sompob from Pattaya Police, but on 17th February 2006 arrest warrant number 168/2549 was issued for her.
Latest reports suggest she was unaware of the subsequent death of Mr. Lindsey and continued to work in Pattaya until now, unaware she was wanted for murder and was not arrested in 2006.
Khun Krittsana will now go to Court and face murder charges. She split from her husband in 2006 and his whereabouts is currently unknown.
Early on Wednesday Morning a team of officers from Police and Government Departments conducted a raid on two luxury houses close to the Phoenix Golf Club in the Southern outskirts of Pattaya and arrested a 53 year old Dutchman and his Thai Wife.
The raid took place in conjunction with the Dutch Embassy in Bangkok and featured officers from the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO), The Department of Special Investigations (DSI), The Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB), the Office of the Attorney General and Huay Yai Police.
Inside the house was Mr. Johannes Petrus Maria Van Laarhoven aged 53 from The Netherlands and his wife, Khun Mingkwam aged 35. Mr. Laarhoven is wanted by Dutch Authorities in relation to a charge of cultivating and selling Marijuana without a permit back in The Netherlands dating back to 2008.
At this point he came to Thailand where he is accused of Money Laundering offences under the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1999. It is suspected he opened a company and allegedly laundering 5-600 Million Baht per year.
During the raid on Wednesday, Land Title Deeds, Vehicles, Jewelry and cash with a total estimated value of 50 Million Baht were seized, along with the two houses situated on his plot of land inside the Golf Course.
Following legal procedures in Thailand he will be handed to the Dutch Authorities for extradition back to The Netherlands.
In the early hours of Thursday a team of officials from the Thai Navy, Police and District Office, inspected the businesses and security situation on Walking Street in South Pattaya.
The visit was prompted by a number of video clips posted on social media platforms over recent months which seem to depict various incidents which have occurred on Walking Street, including acts of violence.
Taking the long walk from one end of Walking Street to the other was the Deputy Mayor of Pattaya, Khun Ronagit, Senior Officers from the Thai Navy based in Sattahip, Banglamung District Licensing Officials, Tourist Police and Pattaya Police Officers.
Along the way a selection of tourists and business owners were approached and asked to give their views on Walking Street and how safe they felt there. The majority of the feedback was positive and the officials concluded from their brief visit that all is well on arguably the most famous street in Thailand.
Following on from a recent necklace snatch involving a French Tourist in Jomtien, Pattaya Police arrested 14 people on Larn Island, off the coast of Pattaya, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police Colonel Supatee, the Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, announced the arrest of a 3-man gang and another man who was accused of receiving stolen goods.
Mr. Lim Sylvian aged 36 from France lost 80,000 Baht’s worth of gold as he rode on a Baht Bus in Soi Chayapreuk in Jomtien on 20th July. Since then Pattaya Police have been investigating the case which led them to Larn Island, where the gang of suspected thieves are thought to reside.
Khun Supagiet aged 20, Khun Surachai aged 23 and Khun Somsak aged 32 were arrested and accused of theft while a fourth man, Khun Suwat aged 33 was arrested after he was found in possession of the stolen items which he had purchased from the gang. In addition, 2 Buddhist Amulets, 2 Gold Rings, 57,000 Baht and a Glock 17 firearm with 36 bullets were seized.
While Police were on Larn Island, they conducted random drug tests and arrested 10 people and Police were also able to seize additional weapons.
All those arrested will be prosecuted in due course.
Following orders from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), Banglamung District Officials, the Navy and Police, continue to shutdown illegal money lending businesses operating in the Pattaya area.
On Tuesday Night a group of officers raided a luxury house in the Naklua area and arrested Khun Prasert aged 33, who was accused of running an illegal money lending business. Inside the house a book containing details of over 1,000 customers was found and 4 motorbikes, 2 cars, 5 computers and 4 mobile phones were seized.
There were 4 other men inside the house at the time of the raid and they were suspected of working as debt collectors for Khun Prasert and were also detained.
Once again links to Chanthaburi Province were revealed as the main organizer of the business is thought to reside there.
The investigation continues as officials look to arrest the organizer as soon as possible.
In the early hours of Tuesday a 19 year old former Pub Security Guard was stopped in his pick-up after he was found in Jomtien playing loud music which was causing a disturbance to others.
Police detained Khun Tana and conducted a search of his Isuzu Pick-up and found 23 rounds of ammunition for an M16 Assault Rifle, A bullet proof jacket, Handcuffs, a Gun holster and a Police ID pouch.
Khun Tana claimed that he used the items when he worked as a Guard but no longer used them and had forgotten to take the items out of his truck.
He was taken to Pattaya Police Station for further legal processing.
On Tuesday, Huay Yai Police arrested a 35 year old man accused of stealing a 40ft container and the truck it was being transported on.
The alleged theft took place at a farm owned by Khun Payunsuk aged 61 who provided Police with Security Camera Footage which appeared to show that two former employees appeared to take the container, which had been previously modified to be used as a temporary home.
Police were able to arrest Khun Par but the second man, Khun Par’s Brother, was able to escape and currently remains at-large. An added complication relates to the sale of the container which was brokered by Khun Par, but the proceeds of the sale remain with the other Brother who currently is on the run.
Following on from the arrest of two Debt Collectors by Pattaya Police and the Navy early on Sunday Morning, the ringleader of the operation, who is based in Chanthaburi Province, has now been arrested.
On Monday afternoon, the Thai Navy in conjunction with Banglamung District Officials visited the home of Khun Siriwattana aged 37, who is suspected of running the Illegal Pattaya Money Lending business which saw the arrest of Khun Pongsagorn aged 20 and Khun Wattana aged 26 on Sunday at a house in East Pattaya.
During the raid on Monday, 2 licensed firearms were found, along with 22 Bank Books which contained more than 1 Million Baht of savings between them. A car, which the suspect confessed to taking from a Debtor as guarantee of payment, was parked outside of the house and also seized.
Khun Siriwattana claimed he no longer ran the money lending service and was preparing to shut down the business as soon as all of his existing debts were cleared. He also claimed the house he lived in was not his but his Sister’s house.
The suspect was taken back to Nongprue Police Station where he was charged with offenses relating to the illegal money lending business.
Officers from the Crime Suppression Division arrested a 26 year old man wanted in connection with serious class 1 drug dealing offenses from a case dating back to December 2013.
Officers arrested Khun Anusorn at the market on the strength of arrest warrant number 13/2557 dated 9th January 2014 and issued by the Nakhon Sawan Provincial Court. On 2nd December 2013 he was suspected of being part of a gang of three men selling drugs in Nakhon Sawan Province in Central Thailand.
Two arrested were made but Khun Anusorn was able to escape from Police. It was known that he was constantly changing location to elude capture but a tip-off led Police to him on Sunday evening.
Khun Anusorn was later transferred to Nakhon Sawan Police for further legal proceedings.
In the early hours of Sunday a Russian Woman and her Boyfriend were walking back to their Hotel when they were robbed by two Cambodians.
The incident occurred on Pattaya Beach Road close to the entrance of Soi 6 at 1.20am. Miss Nadezda Bokova aged 31 and her Boyfriend were suddenly confronted by two Cambodians on a motorbike.
As the assailants drove past the pair, the passenger leant over and snatched a bag which was over the left shoulder of Miss Bokova. Inside the bag were mobile phones, her purse and other unspecified items.
Luckily for the pair Police and Police Volunteers were stationed nearby and were able to quickly apprehend the two suspects and return the bag to its rightful owner.
In addition to robbery charges, both men were found not to possess passports and are suspected of entering Thailand illegally which will eventually see them deported after a possible prison sentence if they are found guilty of charges in Court.