Officers were called to Bangla Rd at 3:45am, where they found a Swedish man lying unresponsive on the road. He was soon rushed to Patong Hospital and later taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket.
The man was identified in the Patong Police report as 32-year-old “Frederik Gustav Wilhelm Erikson Holm”, but named by the Tourist Police as Federik Holm Ericsson Oestlund.
Witnesses told police that the tourist appeared to be drunk when he walked down Bangla Rd. He was reportedly heading to his accommodation but became embroiled in an argument with tuk-tuk driver Natee Dechaoop.
Police arrested Natee shortly after the incident, and after reviewing CCTV footage later yesterday, Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikum led a team of officers along with Tourist Police to arrest four more suspects: Yosphas Chaona, 21; Sompong Wichienrat, 29; Jirawat Pratumchart, 34; and Busaron Kalupae, 28.
The Phuket News has yet to confirm whether or not the four were also tuk-tuk drivers.
All five were taken to Patong Police Station to be charged with assault.
The Swedish tourist was later discharged from hospital and yesterday was well enough to assist police.