Pattaya Daily News

16 February 2008 :: 15:02:57 pm 12044

American Attacked, Robbed By “Volunteer Police” And Teenagers

An American man was attacked and robbed on Pattaya Beach by two “volunteer policemen” and a group of teenagers.
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Pattaya- On 16 February 2008, at 6:30am, Pattaya Inspector, Police Lieutenant Colonel Prateep Tongdee, was informed, by witness, that a foreign man had been attacked and robbed by two “volunteer” police and a group of teenagers on Pattaya Beach, opposite Soi Yamoto (13/1), Moo 9, Nongprue, Banglamung.

At the scene of the reported crime, police found the victim, Mr. Ted Dragen (45), an American, lying unconscious, on the beach. He had been brutally attacked and had a number of wounds about his body, especially his head and face, which were covered with blood. After he was given some first aid on the spot, Mr. Dragen was able to recount his story to the police.

According to witnesses and the victim, who was still in a somewhat confused state, Mr. Dragen, who was staying at the Abek Hotel in Central Pattaya, went drinking at some bars, in the area, until dawn. Then, he bought some more beer and continued to drink on the beach. While he was alone on the beach, enjoying his beer, two men dressed in black, similar to the garb of volunteer police, approached him and introduced themselves as volunteer policemen. They asked for money, but Mr. Dragen declined to give them any. When he refused their request, the “volunteer police” started to physically attack him. A group of teenagers, who had been watching as the events unfolded, joined in the attack. The teenagers and the two “volunteer police” continued attacking the hapless victim until he fell to the ground. At that point, they took his money, consisting of six thousand baht and three hundred US dollars. Mr. Dragen sadly recounted to the police that there were many witnesses to the assault, including tourists, local residents and bar staff, but nobody came to his aid.

Police questioned several witnesses, including Miss “Noi” (a pseudonym) (36), from Naklua, Banglamung. She said that she had observed Mr. Dragen walking around the various bars and then moving to the beach. She said that Mr. Dragen was a very generous man, and had given her three hundred baht to buy food. She went home while he was sitting on the beach. When someone told her that a foreigner had been beaten up on the beach, she went to see what happened and realized that the victim was Mr. Dragen, the same man who had been so kind to her the previous evening. Miss Noi, then, called the police to report the incident. The witnesses told police that the attackers were Mr. Noo-pee and Mr Ple, both about twenty years old. The two habitually purport to be volunteer police. However, they don’t seem to have identifying documents to that effect. Their modus operandi is to drive their motorbike around the area and the beach, threatening tourists and demanding money. Most local residents are quite familiar with the two miscreants, but are afraid to get involved.

Authorities brought Mr. Dragen to the police station and took a report of the crime. They, also, took him to the hospital for medical attention. The police said they will vigorously pursue this case and bring the criminals who did this to justice.

A tourist, who witnessed the attack, said that there are a lot of serious crimes occurring in Pattaya, which will discourage tourists from coming here because security for tourists is inadequate. Police, media and other concerned people should come together to solve the crime problem as soon as possible.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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