BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Phuket Town incident with unstable drug addict brandishing knives ends safely

Phuket Town incident with unstable drug addict brandishing knives ends safely

PHUKET: An incident on the south side of Phuket Town that saw an emotionally unstable man roaming around in front of a complex of rowhouses with a machete and holding a knife to his own throat ended safely yesterday (Jan 12) after the man’s friend managed to calm the man down.

SafetyhealthdrugspoliceCOVID-19
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 13 January 2021, 12:05PM


Police were called to the Hor Khiew complex of single-level rowhouses on Soi 31 Sakdidet Rd at about 2:30pm after local residents reported the man roaming around with the knives, saying they feared for their safety and for the safety of the man himself.

Officers led by Lt Gen Boonchai Jareonhatthakit, joined by investigator Lt Peerasit Noopayan and more than 20 officers, arrived to see the man walking around in front of the rowhouses holding a Sparta blade in one hand and a kitchen knife in the other.

The man, shirtless but wearing green sports shorts, was holding the kitchen knife to his own throat.

It was explained to officers at the scene that the man was Meen Archapong, 29, originally from Nakhon Sri Thammarat.

Mr Meen lived at the complex of rowhouses, as did his mother and disabled sister, who live in another room at the complex. Mr Meen’s brother and wife and their daughter also live in another rowhouse at the complex.

However, while police were trying to talk with Mr Meen, he locked himself alone in his room, saying he wanted to be left alone.

After two hours of unsuccessful attempts to convince Mr Meen to surrender, a friend of Mr Meen, Somchow Matthapan, arrived and started talking to Mr Meen.

Mr Somchow, 40, explained to police that he had known Mr Meen for more than a year and that Mr Meen used to work as a stainless-steel craftsman but lost his job about five months ago and ended up frequently using drugs.

Property in Phuket

Mr Meen’s brother told police that Mr Meen was taken to Suan Saranrom Psychological Hospital in Surat Thani by his mother to be treated for depression after he lost his job.

After Mr Meen was discharged from the mental health wing at the hospital, he could no longer get his medication, and turned to using drugs.

Mr Meen was now considered even by his own family to be a drug addict.

The incident yesterday began when Mr Meen asked his mother for money to buy drugs, but she had no money to spare.

Mr Meen’s friend Mr Somchow kept talking to Mr Meen to calm him down, and even had some of Mr Meen’s favourite music played loudly to help him calm down.

The incident ended with Mr Meen unlocking the door to his room, allowing his friends inside.

Police have confirmed that the appropriate authorities have been contacted to provide Mr Meen help.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket protected forest encroachment to be handed to DSI

Was anything ever done about the house that was illegally built up there (covered by The Phuket Sun...(Read More)


Vaccination packages mulled

Wow, hahahaha, that B150,000 'tour package' is really something. A real invitation for touri...(Read More)


Life will be different with Biden, government told

Time for Thailand to x-ray again the Thai labor working forces in factories and the fishing fleet on...(Read More)


Vaccination packages mulled

Diverting vaccine from the populace to foreigners- classic. Stand by for a u-turn in 3, 2, 1. No on...(Read More)


Phuket van driver pleas for police action over attempted murder

Cherng Talay police station is located at centre of drugs hot spot of Phuket, is still in ;shock'...(Read More)


Police confirm Phuket bypass road speed limit is 50km/h

Read the confusement, 100km, 90 km, 80km, 50km. What a 'murmuring mess'. Is it so difficult ...(Read More)


Police confirm Phuket bypass road speed limit is 50km/h

About 6 years ago was the start of producing number plates cheaper. Meaning, more inferior painting....(Read More)


Nigerian man arrested in Patong for drugs

Just what Phuket needs...a scum bag criminal contributing nothing but crime. Jail him for a good wh...(Read More)


Phuket van driver pleas for police action over attempted murder

Proof of what a bunch of criminal thugs these miserable curs are...99% of'em. All it takes to m...(Read More)


AstraZeneca jabs tipped to get nod for ‘emergency use’

How many guinea pigs they need? The General-prime minister is already vaccinated. I am sure, with hi...(Read More)