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19 March 2013 :: 16:03:14 pm 73047

Bangkok Reporter Stabbed in Neck During Robbery

A 31-year-old Thai Post journalist nearly died after being stabbed in the neck in the Chatuchak district in Bangkok. He was waiting for a taxicab at 2 a.m., when two men on a motorbike snatched his cellphone and demanded his wallet. When he resisted, they stabbed him and fled.
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PHAHOLYTHIN, BANGKOK – March 18, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: a report of a robbery victim getting stabbed was received by Pol. Lt. Capt. Chanon Thongkasem, detective officer of Paholyothin police station.

The robbery occurred on soi Ratchada 36, and the victim was sent to Paolo hospital Chokechai 4. The police detective went to visit the victim, along with Pol. Col. Chatree Karnkjanakanti, Paholyothin police station director.

The victim was identified as Mr. Suwat Panjawong, 31 years old, a journalist at the Thai Post newspaper who covers the criminal courts. After initial emergency treatment at Paolo hospital, his relatives moved him to be treated at the ICU room of Lardpraw hospital.

At Lardpraw hospital, many journalists from various news outlets went to visit Mr. Suwat and were waiting to interview him. The victim’s relatives were also near him all the time.

Mr. Suwat said that before he got stabbed, he had been drinking with two friends at a restaurant behind Jandrakasem Rachabhat university, Ratchadapisek 36, 9-11 junction, Jandrakasem, Chatuchak.
At 2 a.m. he and his friends left the restaurant and were calling for a taxi.

“My friends went before me, and I was waiting for another cab,” Mr. Suwat said. “While I was standing, I took my phone out to call my girlfriend. But then two men on a motorcycle came along, and one of them got out and took my phone. It was black Nokia 6300 model, worth 9,000 baht.”

After grabbing his phone, the robbers asked him to hand over his wallet. But Mr. Suwat resisted and also tried to grab his phone back. During the struggle, Mr. Suwat said it felt like one man had stabbed him in his neck. Then the robbers got back on their motorcycle and escaped.

“Then there was a cab that approached, so I called it and told the driver to take me to the hospital,” Mr. Suwat said.

Pol. Gen. Thanakrit Limrat, the director of Ladpraw, announced the medical status of Mr. Suwat as severe, but able to talk. Mr. Suwat was lucky the taxi brought him to the hospital in time, the director said. If he had arrived 2 minutes later, he might be dead already, because he had lost a lot of blood.

As for the 4 cm long wound in Mr. Suwat’s neck, the director could not tell whether it was made by a stabbing or a cutting motion. On the victim’s upper left collar bone, the cut went as deep as the vein. The victim will be staying another two days at the hospital for treatment, he said.

Mr. Suwat also reported that his left arm felt stiff, which might have resulted because he got bumped when he tried to pull the phone back from the criminal, and possibly damaged the nerve in his arm. He will undergo physical therapy for 1-2 weeks.

Pol. Lt. Col. Nikom Sornlek, detective inspector of Paholyothin police station, revealed that after it happened, Pol. Col. Chatree commanded the detective department to check all the CCTVs in the crime scene area.
From the primary interrogation, the victim said there were two criminals riding an unknown motorcycle. The passenger who took Mr. Suwat’s phone was around 170 cm tall, with dark red skin and short, curly hair. The police are gathering evidence to track down and arrest the suspects.

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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