‘Lunatik’ sought after bar brawl
PHUKET: Police in Phuket have issued an all-points bulletin for American Junie Allen Browning, 26, notorious in American cage fighting circles, where he is known as “The Lunatik”.
Tuesday 13 December 2011, 04:19PM
Browning is alleged to have trashed a bar in Karon, and thumped customers and staff in a brawl early on Sunday evening (December 11), putting several in hospital.
Owner of the Native Bar on Patak Road in Karon Sukanya Srisomboon filed a complaint with Chalong police over the damage caused by the fight, which involved the bar manager Simon Menzies, 32.
A witness who wishes to remain anonymous told The Phuket News that Browning had arrived at the bar with two American women. One of them was his girlfriend, another was Castro Mury, 32.
According to the witness, the three had an argument, then Browning punched Ms Mury in the face and beat
his girlfriend. “I’ve never seen a man hit a girl so hard like that,” he said.
At this point, Mr Menzies asked Browning to leave the bar. Browning refused, attempting to punch Mr Menzies and other bystanders – four of whom later reported injuries sustained during the fight.
Some of the customers tried to intervene, which provoked a brawl that eventually left Browning unconscious.
Those involved were then sent to Patong Hospital, where Browning woke up and hit doctors, nurses, Ms Mury, a 68-year-old man, and the bar owner again. Then Browning fled from the scene.
Ms Mury was reported to have bruises and a broken jaw.
In a Facebook update, since deleted, Browning blamed others for starting the fight, saying that it seemed they wanted to test their skills against a pro fighter.
The American describes himself on his Facebook page as living in Thalang and having worked for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as a fighter for two years before coming to Thailand. According to Chalong police, he is currently training at Tiger Muay Thai camp in Rawai. However, when police went to the camp, he was not on the site.
Known in UFC circles as “The Lunatik”, Browning appeared in the TV reality show The Ultimate Fighter.
According to an entry on Wikipedia, UFC dumped him after he was arrested for assaulting three nurses at a hospital in Nevada after an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
Police believe he is still in Phuket and have asked Immigration and checkpoint officers to look out for him.
It seems that Browning was not too badly injured and even had the leisure to get on the Internet while looking
over his shoulder for the cops.
In his comment (later removed) on his Facebook page he described the brawl this way:
“Wow what a helluva weekend, Some *** and about 10 of his friends started a fight with me. I guess just to test a ‘UFC fighter guy’ at his *** little bar in Karon Thailand.
“Had a beer bottle and glass mug shattered on my head, then to make everything better, stabbed severely by some crazy Thai ***.
“On a positive note, I managed to break a few orbital bones, at least a couple jaws, and some unconscious bodies [were] laying on the ground before I blacked out from loss of blood and apparently had to be resuscitated in the ambulance. So how was your weekend?”
A second posting went as follows, “Apparently in the news they are saying there were women involved, that is 100% a croc of ****!
“The only woman involved was a Thai woman friend of theirs that sliced my forearm open with a 6-inch blade. At no point were any women involved.”
The witness, however, insisted that no-one used a knife during the fight.
In a Facebook post yesterday morning, Browning said: “You all don’t understand [with] my name, people will use it against me. I acted like an idiot on a reality show for publicity so they are using that against me. I’m sorry and I care about people more than you [think].”
As The Phuket News went to press, the police confirmed that Browning is still at large.