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25 May 2009 :: 13:05:47 pm 9140

Manhatten Restaurant Shot At By Motorcycle Marauders

Early in the morning of 25 May 2009, Manhattan Restaurant, on Tappraya Road, one of Pattaya’s fine dining venues, was shot at five times by two teenage youths riding by on a motorcycle. The restaurateur, Mr. Dave, was reportedly shocked by the incident and said in all the time the restaurant had been open, he had never had any problems with anybody.
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At 03.00 am, Pol.Lt.Col. Tanagrit Lapittisan, Pattaya Police Investigator, was notified that a man had fired his gun at Manhattan, a very popular restaurant located on the ground floor of a six-storey condo at 482/1-57 Moo. 12, Tappraya Road, and duly sent a police team to investigate.

Arriving at the incident location, police found the restaurant front windows had been shot through, leaving three bullet holes in the glass. The restaurant name sign had also been shot at, leaving one bullet hole. Police found 5 cartridge cases on the ground in front of the restaurant, which were kept as evidence.

Mr. Nattapol Bumroongrat, [21], a motorbike taxi driver, who was the only eye witness, told the police that the incident had happened while he was waiting for a passenger at his taxi-station in front of the condo.

He said two young men had approached him, riding a motorbike along the Tappraya Road from the direction of Jomtien and when they were passing the restaurant, the pillion passenger had drawn out a gun and fired about five pistol shots at the restaurant. The two then sped away in the direction of South Pattaya.

The restaurant owner, Mr. Dave, was closing the restaurant at the time of the incident. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Police broadcast a radio alert to police patrols in the area in an attempt to apprehend the suspects, but they manage to escape. Mr. Dave told the police that the restaurant had been operating quite some time and neither he nor his staff had ever had any problem with anybody. He said he was shocked by the unexpected incident. Police presume the suspects were teenagers, armed with their own gun, intent on creating problems for people just for kicks.

The police are currently following up the case and are confident of bringing the culprits to justice soon.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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