It is suspected that the deceased was also responsible for another phone robbery carried out on Mar 1 when a man attempted to kick a woman off her motorbike and then proceeded to steal her bag while threatening her with a knife. (See story here.)
Lt Suporn Muangkhai of the Thalang Police was notified of an incident in front of the ‘3pm Khanom Jeen’ noodle shop on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound at 3:10am today (Mar 6).
Lt Suporn together with Thalang Deputy Chief Lt Col Amnouy Kraiwuttianan, Capt Suchart Luecha also of the Thalang Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the scene to find the body of a man with eight knife wounds to his body.
A Thai ID card belonging to a Wirat Sakkaew, 28, from Nakhon Sri Thammarat was found on the body. A Honda motorbike was also found lying on the ground nearby along with a handmade handgun and two knives.
Lt Col Amnouy said, “We were told that a 33-year-old man from Phuket, Attapong Treesup, had also been stabbed on his stomach, chest and face and had already been taken to Thalang Hospital.
“We visited Attapong at the hospital and he told us that he was waiting for his girlfriend on a motorbike about 200 metres from the ‘3pm Khanom Jeen’ noodle shop when a man on a motorbike stopped in front of him. He pulled out a gun and knife to threaten Attapong,” Lt Col Amnouy explained.
“He wanted to take my mobile phone but I refused to give him,” Attapong said to police.
“We were fighting and I got stabbed so I took the knife from the suspect. We continued to fight using the knives and we were both injured. However, the man managed to take my phone and then sped away on a motorbike. I followed him on my motorbike to get my mobile phone back,” he said.
“The man fell off the motorbike in front of the noodle shop so I approached him and attempted to get my phone but he tried to stab me again.
“Local residents saw the incident and took me to the hospital,” Attapong added.
Lt Col Amnouy added “We found an iPhone6 on the suspect’s body, so at this stage we believe the he is the same person who we are hunting for attempting to kick a woman off her motorbike and then robbing her while threatening her with a knife last Thursday.”
Thalang police are continuing their investigation to see if any charges will be pressed against Attapong.