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09 April 2014 :: 00:04:19 am 84051

Nunchuk-Swinging Spaniard Arrested For Phuket Robbery

Karon police arrested a nunchuk-swinging Spanish tourist after he threatened and robbed a Russian tourist, making off with cash and an iPhone 5.
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PHUKET – 7,2014; Karon police received a call around 1.20 am to say that the Russian tourist, Sergey Agafonov, 29, had been threatened by a foreigner who was swinging nunchuks– a Japanese wooden weapon sometimes favoured by martial arts actor Bruce Lee – on Soi Pakje, off Patak Rd in Karon.

The thief took his phone and US$300 and 5,000 rubles in cash (about B13,500 in total), then ran off.

Karon police officers check nearby security cameras and saw the suspect riding off on a Honda Phantom. The video was clear enough for them to see the license plate. They checked and found it was registered to a Janpen Jara, who is in the motorbike rental business.

Contacted by police, Mr Janpen obligingly brought them the Japanese passport of the man to whom he had rented the Phantom.

The police showed him the video of Mr Agafonov being robbed and Mr Janpen immediately confirmed that the robber was his customer. The police impounded the passport.

The police also established that although the passport was Japanese, its bearer was Spanish: 23-year-old Mario Arturo Tovar Ferras. Inquiring around, they soon discovered their man was staying in a bungalow in Soi Ta’iad in Chalong.

Officers duly arrived at the bungalow and saw the suspect sitting outside enjoying the morning sunshine.

Not for long. He was arrested on a charge of robbery, compounded with doing it at night, while armed, and using transport, all of which make the crime more desperate in Thai law, and the penalty more severe.

Ferras admitted the crime, and was taken to the police station along with items found in his possession, including the motorbike, the stolen iPhone, the nunchuks and a seven-inch knife. He is now occupying a suite in the Karon lock-up, awaiting his appearance before a judge.

View the original story on The Phuket News

Category : Thailand News

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