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28 March 2008 :: 15:03:13 pm 11659

Mad American Tries To Start Conflagration In Pattaya Carpark

A drunk, extremely distraught American caused deep concern to his neighbours at 00.45 am on March 28, 2008 by running out onto Pattaya 3Rd Road and randomly attacking passers by. He then returned and started pouring petrol on cars and motorbikes in his Champ Apartment car park, threatening to set them alight.
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Pattaya Police responded quickly to a report from the concerned Champ Apartment caretaker, received by Pattaya investigator Lt.Col.Thitiphong Suktien. They arrived at the incident and found the tenant,Mr. Clarence Simms, (56), an American citizen, dressed in a black T-shirt and beige shorts, shouting boisterously and still pouring petrol on cars from a bottle he was holding. Police attempted to subdue him and eventually managed to apply handcuffs. Mr. Clarence was still resisting and subsequently fell to the ground, sustaining an injury to his right eye, which started to bleed. He also had many scrapes all over his body. Police could not question him at this point as he was extremely intoxicated and incoherent, so after Sawang Boriboon had treated his wound, he was taken to Pattaya jail until he calmed down.

The caretaker of the apartment told Pattaya Police that Mr. Clarence has been a tenant for almost a year. Normally, Mr. Clarence had never caused any problems, or even been drunk before. However, on this occasion, the caretaker became alarmed when he saw Mr. Clarence going up to his room with a bottle of gasoline in his hand. The concerned caretaker tried to stop him, fearing Mr. Clarence would do something untoward. Mr. Clarence didn’t respond too well to being restrained, however, and rushed out onto Pattaya 3Rd Road in a temporarily insane manner, attacking passers by at random. Tiring of this pursuit, he then returned to the apartment car park and began dousing the cars and motorcycles with petrol.

Pattaya Police assumed that Mr. Clarence could well be stressed out by personal problems, causing him to drink to excess and consequently lose self-control. Fortunately, he had caused no major damage and police will question him further when he recovers.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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