Pattaya Daily News

03 February 2008 :: 01:02:54 am 12078

Turns Himself In? French Bag Snatcher Is Chased Into Arms Of The Law

A Frenchman tried to have a liaison with a Thai lady along Pattaya beach. When she rebuffed his oafish advances, he decided to console himself by snatching her handbag. He was chased by Good Samaritans right to the Soi 9 police station.
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Pattaya – On 2 February 2008, at 2am, Pattaya Police Inspector, Police Lieutenant Colonel Chaiporn Thongnapien, was informed of a bag snatching on Pattaya Beach Road, near Soi 8, not at all far from the police station, Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung. At the scene, a police team found a large number of tourists and local residents chasing a foreign man, who was running along the road and who, finally, and conveniently, fell down in front of the police station.

After he was apprehended, the bag snatcher was brought into the police station, followed by his female victim, Mrs. Jarustip U-dornket (33), from 34 Moo 12 Ban Pue, Udonthani Province. Mrs. Jarustip told the police that she was walking along Beach Road, waiting for her friend to join her and go to Tony’s Pub on Walking Street. She sat down on a bench and, after a little while, Mr. Mohamed Almouboudi (52) a French national, who was carrying a guitar, approached her. According to Mrs. Jarustip, Mr. Almouboudi, who was in a heavily inebriated condition, asked her to join him. As she did not speak much English, Mrs. Jarustip used body language to decline his request.

Mr. Almouboudi, undeterred, kept on trying to charm Mrs. Jarustip to come with him until she decided to walk away. At that point the pursuer approached her from behind, grabbed her handbag and ran away. Mrs. Jarustip screamed for help and ran after the miscreant along the road. Various bystanders came to her aid by chasing Mr. Almouboudi until they caught him right in front of the police station. His victim’s pink handbag was still hanging from his shoulder.

Police searched the contents of the bag and found 680 baht in cash, an MP3 player and a Nokia mobile phone, which all belonged to Mrs. Jarustip. Mr. Almouboudi, who was still quite intoxicated and whose nose was bleeding, was given temporary lodging in the Soi 9 cells. When he wakes up in a less inebriated state, he will, hopefully, be able to respond to police interrogation.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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