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American tourist flees mob amid fight with restaurant staff

American tourist flees mob amid fight with restaurant staff

PHUKET: Police have declined to explained what started a fight between an American tourist and a mob of staff from a seafood restaurant on the Karon beachrfont road on Monday (Dec 2) that ended with the American man fleeing a mob of more than a dozen angry locals.

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 03:41PM

The American flees the angry mob on the Karon beach road on Monday (Dec 2). Image: CCTV / Karon Police

The American flees the angry mob on the Karon beach road on Monday (Dec 2). Image: CCTV / Karon Police

The incident became public after CCTV footage of the altercation and ensuing chase down the beachfront road was posted online on Monday.

Karon Police Chief Col Prawit Sutthirueangarun told The Phuket News today (Dec 4) that Maj Techin Deethongon of the Karon Police was called to the restaurant, Aof Seafood, at 4:30pm.

At the scene, Maj Techin found an American tourist who Col Prawit identified only as “Mr Connelly”, 44, and three restaurant staff who were allegedly involved in an altercation with the American.

Col Prawit identified the three staffers as Thai national Ms Theeraporn Thitayaporn, 27, and two Myanmar national men, who he identified as Ao Min Wen, 20, and Nadee, 21.

While questioning the four involved, police were told that Mr Connelly had a conversation with the restaurant staff, when a misunderstanding blew out of control, leading to a fight as recorded by a nearby CCTV, Col Prawit said.

The parties resolved the dispute through further talks, Col Prawit said, without elaborating on what started the argument or what the “misunderstanding” was.

Regardless, all four, who Col Prawit confirmed suffered only minor injuries in the affray, were fined B500 each for physical assault.

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Kurt | 09 December 2019 - 11:20:36

DeK should realise that everything bad against foreigners goes viral world wide, and damage thai tourism image. And DeK, the Myanmars were identified,  but actually doesn't matter.  It was a cowardice mob of more than 12 after 1 single foreigner. That should concern you more than a 'nationality reaction'.

DeKaaskopp | 08 December 2019 - 22:05:41

@Nasa .Must be strange people over there in northern Europe if that is "Big news" for them.
@K. "Who were the other 9 Thai ?"How do you know those other people are Thai's? Your own investigation?

GregoryJCS | 06 December 2019 - 08:56:28

Probably a trump supporter. Every one wants to beat them up.

Kurt | 05 December 2019 - 12:19:53

3 Staffers, 2 of them Burmese? It was a dozen of primitive blood smelling mob, yes?  Just 3 got a 'nuts fine' of 500 thb?
Who were the other 9 thai?
And the 2 Burmese, not on the list now for extradition for criminal behaviour, violating their working permit rules?

CaptainJack69 | 05 December 2019 - 11:13:23

1 on 12, that seems about right for you average Thai 'man'. Clearly the lone foreigner committed some terrible insult to warrant such a severe response? Or not.

Nasa12 | 04 December 2019 - 16:18:24

Good this it’s BIG news on TV and Internett in Europe special in Scandinavia. 

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