Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Tourist beaten with sticks on Phi Phi, two detained

KRABI: Police have detained two young suspects in the attack on an American man who tried to stop a thief making off with a purse on the beach on Koh Phi Phi last Saturday (Mar 9).

By Bangkok Post

Friday 15 March 2019, 04:03PM

American tourist Stephen Trimble shows marks on his back after he was attacked on Koh Phi Phi on March 9. Photo taken from @Trimbleezy

American tourist Stephen Trimble shows marks on his back after he was attacked on Koh Phi Phi on March 9. Photo taken from @Trimbleezy

American tourist Stephen Trimble, 26, posted details of the incident on his Instagram and Facebook pages on Tuesday (Mar 12).

Pol Maj Gen Sakchai Limcharoen, chief of Krabi police, went to Phi Phi on Friday to follow up the progress in the investigation.

The provincial police chief said local police told him the tourist looked very dazed when he approached a policeman to report the attack and was told to go to the station the following day to file a complaint. But he did not return.

Police went to look for him and were told he had already left for Koh Pha-Ngan in Surat Thani, Thai media reported.

The incident happened on the night of March 9.

On his Facebook page, the American freelance photographer posted a story detailing the incident: “A few nights ago on the beach in Phi Phi, I stopped a local from stealing some girl’s purse on the beach. Things quickly went downhill from there! The girl was in the water and left her things on the sand. A perfect day payday for a piece of shit low life thief preying on a tourist.”

He wrote that the man walked off quickly while going through the purse. Trimble said he yelled at the man to stop and he eventually threw it down and walked away. Shortly after, the man returned with three friends armed with wooden sticks and a kayak paddle. They came straight at him and attacked him, he said.

The tourist said he was bleeding heavily from his head, arms and leg. He walked to the nearest beach hostel to get help and came across a police officer. He explained to him what happened, but was told to come to the station the next day to report the incident, he wrote on his Facebook page, Trimbleezy Photography, @trimbleezy.

Pol Maj Gen Sakchai said there were three suspects. One of them, a 17-year-old, had been arrested.  Police were hunting down the two others, examining footage from closed-circuit television cameras and questioning a doctor and nurses at a clinic where the tourist was treated for his injuries

Koh Pha-Ngan police and tourist police had been asked to help locate the tourist and tell him to file a complaint, the Krabi police chief said.

Pol Lt Col Chokdee Mabangyang, chief inspector at Koh Phi Phi police, said later a second suspect had been detained for questioning. The investigation was ongoing.

Se original story here.



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.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

BigA | 16 March 2019 - 09:05:10

The only one I saw a policeman on Pi Pi was some 10 years ago walking my dog a big gentle Labrador on the main walk some cat got scared and somebody call the police ,he was there in 5 min. on a motorbike had a look at the big dog and keep on  driving whit out a word. So much for police protection on Pi Pi! This guy was right to leave the island!! Horst

Crusader79 | 16 March 2019 - 07:54:58

At least they were smiling.

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Free emergency water now deployed across Phuket

When are the Phuket Governors order water savings during Songkran? It is about time to instruct/educ...(Read More)

Free emergency water now deployed across Phuket

While you brush your teeth, close the tap! So, reducing water pressure takes a toll on the water pi...(Read More)

Thailand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights for 7 days

Are the Thai Boeing Max planes flying again? ( As the thai ban was until 20th)...(Read More)

New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

Are the posters talking about a Thai Mental Health Act or a New Zealand Mental Health Act?...(Read More)

Power outage to leave Cherng Talay, Kamala, Srisoonthorn without water

Thailand 4.0. Phuket Smart City. Puff story versus real life. ...(Read More)

Protect Andaman mass beach cleanup at Layan nets 92kg of trash

Probably done because of the "loss of face" when farangs do it.. without being asked....(Read More)

Protect Andaman mass beach cleanup at Layan nets 92kg of trash

"The cleanup was carried out under the “Protect Andaman” project, whereby the MNRE offices ...(Read More)

Woman killed by sleeping pickup driver

No other place in the world has more drivers falling asleep or more vehicles with faulty brakes. Of ...(Read More)

New Zealand mosque attack suspect charged with murder

I watched the video, it was a cold and calculated act, not a loss of control as would be with a men...(Read More)