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Patong motorbike taxi driver arrested for Turkish tourist assault, robbery

PHUKET: Police have arrested a “freelance” motorbike taxi driver for the assault and robbery of a female Turkish tourist in Patong early yesterday morning after she hired him to take her to her hotel, but instead found herself attacked, robbed and dumped at Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 28 March 2018, 01:12PM

Anurak Phaduangpon 27, a 'freelance' motorbike taxi driver in Patong and Kathu, is escorted from Phuket Provincial Police Station in Phuket Town this morning (Mar 28). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Anurak Phaduangpon 27, a 'freelance' motorbike taxi driver in Patong and Kathu, is escorted from Phuket Provincial Police Station in Phuket Town this morning (Mar 28). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Phuket Provincial Police held a press conference this morning (Mar 28) to announce the arrest of Anurak Phaduangpon 27, from Phang Nga, for the crimes.

Not confirmed at the press conference, but confirmed directly with The Phuket News today was that the suspect was working as a motorbike taxi driver in Patong when he committed the crimes.

According to a Phuket Provincial Police report presented at the press conference, Anurak had confessed to the attack.

Kathu Police officers tracked down Anurak via CCTV footage to find Anurak’s motorbike parked in front of his rented accommodation in Thung Thong village, in Moo 7, Kathu, said the report.

At the home, officers found clothes matching those worn by Anurak while riding with the tourist, 26-year-old Bihter Ucar, as passenger, as identified from CCTV footage obtained along Nanai Rd in Patong.

The officers also found items robbed from the tourist, though the report did not clarify exactly which items were found.

The items reported stolen in the assault and robbery included a black iPhone 6s, B4,000 cash and credit cards. (See story here.)

New Paths Retreat

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Peerayuth Karajadee told The Phuket News that Anurak had been working as a “freelance” motorbike taxi driver, working in Kathu and Patong.

“He has a criminal record for theft and involvement in drugs. This is the third time he has been caught since 2008,” Col Peerayuth said.

Anruak is being detained at Kathu Police while officers continue their investigation.

“He has been charged for robbery,” Col Peerayuth confirmed, adding that this was only a preliminary charge.

“Other charges are likely to follow after the officers have concluded their investigation,” he said.

Of the stolen items recovered, Col Peerayuth said, “We found only cash and other items and have returned these to the victim, but the iPhone is gone.”



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mattbody | 28 March 2018 - 22:59:17

How come a thug with many criminal records work in Phuket ?as for i phone sure he knows where it is make him talk 

DeKaaskopp | 28 March 2018 - 16:19:33

"Why are Phuket officials allowing a person from outside live and work on Phuket?"Are people in your country not allowed to move freely around and working after doing time in a prison? Are they being kept in a special zone?

BenPendejo | 28 March 2018 - 15:41:00

Complete POS...and hopefully a kidnapping charge is added.  But then again, it is unfortunate he is now at the hands of the Thai police, which has already released this social misfit back into the public a few times.  Now we will likely see another outrageously stupid sentence befall this loser.  Please PN, keep us posted as to what happens with this POS.

Kurt | 28 March 2018 - 15:04:52

Why are Phuket officials allowing a person from outside Phuket province, with quite a crime record, to live and work on Phuket?
Does this person not have to report within 24 hours after arrival on Phuket to Phuket authorities, something like foreigners have to do after arrival back at their Phuket homes at Immigration office?

Many not Phuket registrated thai commit crimes on Phuket Island.

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