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24 April 2013 :: 13:04:12 pm 74065

Enraged Ex-Convict Terrorizes Karaoke Bar Workers

A 26-year-old man was arrested for firing guns to scare workers at a Jomtien karaoke bar. He was mad because his friends had disappeared to let him pay the liquor tab. The suspect had been convicted of murder and theft as a teen, but served only a light prison sentence because of his age.
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PATTAYA – April 23, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 6 a.m. a report of a drunken customer in a karaoke shop firing his guns to threaten employees was received by Pol. Capt. Seksak Arthornkijjawat, Deputy Inspector, Pattaya police station, Chonburi province.

The incident occurred in a karaoke shop in Rompho market near The Park hotel, Moo 12 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

When arriving at the scene, officers found the troublemaker, who got drunk and was sitting in front of the karaoke shop, which was already closed. He was identified as Mr. Sonthaya or Son Roongreuangsri, age 26, address 100 Moo 3 Tambon Baan Paeng, Amphur Phromburi, Singburi province.

The employees of the karaoke shop told the police that Mr. Sonthaya came to drink liquor with his 2-3 friends. But after they got drunk, his friends escaped from the shop and let Mr. Sonthaya pay for the liquor alone.

This caused Mr. Sonthaya to get angry with his friends, so he made trouble to the employees in the shop, although the shop was already closed. Then he took out the guns to shoot into the air to threaten the employees, until all of the bullets were used up. Then he sat in front of the shop.

All of the employees were afraid of being shot, so they ran away out of the shop. No one dared to come close to Mr. Sonthaya, because they were afraid that Mr. Sonthaya would beat them.

Then the police arrested Mr. Sonthaya and searched his body to seize the guns. He resisted, but finally he was restrained, and the police seized a .38 brand Smith & Wesson pistol.

Then they searched his pickup truck found a .38 caliber Taurus gun hidden in the pickup truck. Police also found 5 bullets in the gun, as well as10 bullets in a black belt, and a pair of handcuffs.

Mr. Sonthaya confessed that he really shot the gun to threaten employees in the karaoke shop, because he got drunk, and got angry with his friends who escaped and didn’t help to pay for the liquor.

He claimed that he bought his guns many years ago from an agent who sold illegal guns, which the agent advertised on Facebook. At the time Mr. Sonthaya said he was still a security guard, and he bought the guns for only 10,000-20,000 THB.

But the police didn’t believe him. Because when checking his history, they discovered that Mr. Sonthaya had previously been arrested in many severe cases such as murdering and stealing property. But at the time that Mr. Sonthaya made trouble, he was still a teenager, so he was released from jail early.

The police suspect that Mr. Sonthaya might have stolen the guns from other people. Initially, the police restrained the defendant to Pattaya police station (Dongtarn curve sub-branch) to investigate.

The police charged him with accusations of having guns and bullets in his possession without permission, taking the guns to the town, village or public place without permission, and using the guns to shoot without permission.

They sent him to the investigation officer to prosecute and inspect to find the owner of the guns, and if the owner had reported that his guns were lost, then the police will charge more accusations to this defendant.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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