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Bangla touts questioned over attack on American

Bangla touts questioned over attack on American

PHUKET: Police have brought in four touts who work on Bangla Rd for questioning over an American tourist beaten heavily and needing hospital attention early yesterday morning (Sept 28).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 29 September 2022, 01:11PM


The four touts, who stand on Bangla Rd soliciting passers-by to enjoy the services of their venues, were questioned by Patong Police, with Tourist Police officers present.

Lt Col Kittisak Sommat, Chief of Investigation at Patong Police Station explained that in reporting the incident to the embassy officials, Ms Mukhieva said that they were attacked by four wearing uniforms who had robbed them of B8,000.

Patong Police have yet to reveal any further details about the attack, which was first reported yesterday.

The American man injured in the attack has been identified as Rakkan Gassim Algassim, 35, from Pennsylvania. He was accompanied by Russian national Alena Mukhieva, 24.

Mr Algassim was attacked about halfway along Bangla Rd in front of a bar that was closed at the time of the attack. Police were first alerted to the incident at 3:30am.

A bar staffer who arrived at the scene soon after the attack said that the incident involved Mr Algassim fighting with another foreigner. She provided no further details about any other people involved in the incident.

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The staffer, who asked not to be named, said that Mr Algassim refused help from people who came to render assistance, and held tightly onto a black bag he was carrying. 

With Mr Algassim refusing help, Ms Mukhieva said she was going to order a taxi to pick them up.

On hearing this, the staffer said she decided to call Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers to arrive and provide assistance.

It is not clear whether any police were in the area when the attack happened.

Mr Algassim suffered multiple cuts and bruises to his face in the attack. He also suffered a deep laceration to the middle finger on his left hand which required medical treatment at Patong Hospital.

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Kurt | 01 October 2022 - 12:36:23

Must be difficult for Phuket Officialdom, incl Governors, to talk themselve out of Phuket sex industrial "PingPong Show" business, that even has uniformed Touts. Doubt or RTP questioning of touts go behind the wounded tourist incident. Save the protection money line from "Pingpong Show" theaters. Funny, when you see the touts, you not see police in vicinity.

Kurt | 01 October 2022 - 09:56:59

@Capricornball,  I understand that hidden "PingPong Show"establishments need touts. :-)  Just hope that the "PingPong"  theaters are checked on fire safety and professional installed electric wirering. 

Capricornball | 30 September 2022 - 17:22:44

You ask "why touts on Bangla" Kurt? My wife and I took our biennial walk down Bangla last week after eating dinner. Evidently it is important to have 10 touts stick their "PingPong Show" advertisements in our faces within our first 5 steps onto Bangla. I couldn't help thinking about tourists with their wives and young children getting mobbed like we were. It is so inappropr...

Kurt | 30 September 2022 - 10:09:48

Is touting not forbidden?  Why touting is needed on Bangla Rd? The open bar culture shows enough to the tourists to make their choice which premises to visit. So, ( illegal?) uniformed touts at work are left alone by Patong police? Of course. Money-money.

JohnC | 30 September 2022 - 08:39:59

.[.by four wearing uniforms who had robbed them of 8,000B].  So the police were in the area after all. LOL

 

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