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    Hate to do this but!

    Violence when you are in a scum bar or in the wrong side of town at 2am drunk and alone, well that is life. This attack I find scary. These youths go out on a hunting trip when ever they feel the need.

    The attacks here and in Pattaya are getting to be a regular occurrence.


    Austrian tourist stabbed, robbed by Phuket youth gang
    Phuket Gazette – Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:20:00 PM

    An image taken by cell phone at the scene of the attack shows the slash that punctured the tourist's lung.

    PHUKET: An Austrian tourist is recovering from a punctured lung and other injuries sustained in a brutal robbery attack by four knife-wielding youths in Phuket yesterday.

    Patong Police identified the victim as Rupert Wilhelmstatter.

    Mr Wilhelmstatter, in his early 50s, was returning by motorbike to his hotel in Patong at 1:45pm when the attack occurred. He was returning from Paradise Beach, on the south end of Patong Bay.

    The gang members, aboard two motorbikes, approached the Austrian with one bike on each side.

    The youngest gang member, aged 13, kicked out at Mr Wilhelmstatter's motorbike, causing him to crash. Mr Wilhelmstatter fought back from the ground, but was stabbed and suffered a punctured lung. The gang then robbed him of 200 baht before making their getaway.

    Mr Wilhelmstatter was taken to Patong Hospital for emergency treatment, then transferred to the better-equipped Bangkok Hospital in Phuket Town. A source at the privately-run facility confirmed Mr Wilhelmstatter is in the intensive care unit, but declined to give further details.

    Police investigating the incident did not need to travel far to make the first arrests. At an address on Ratchapatanusorn Road, just around the corner from Patong Police Station, they arrested two youths aged 13 and 14 at about 5:30pm.

    A search of the premises revealed a sheathed knife and one motorbike, both items suspected of having been used in the robbery. After eyewitnesses at the scene of the attack identified the two boys as having been involved, the teens were taken to Patong Police Station for questioning.

    The information obtained led to the arrest of a third youth, aged 15, at a house on Thaweewong Road. Police recovered the other motorbike thought to have been used in the attack on the premises. A fourth member of the gang, the one believed to have stabbed Mr Wilhelmstatter, remains at-large.

    Subsequent questioning of the gang members revealed they had been involved in at least two other recent robberies using similar methods.

    A 13-year-old member of the gang confessed that on November 30 he and four others robbed a tourist near Tri Trang Beach on Muen Ngern Road, not far from the location of yesterday's attack. At about 5:30pm that day, he and an older boy struck an unidentified foreign man with a wooden club, forcing him off his motorbike. They then threatened him with a knife, robbing him of 200 baht before speeding off.

    He also confessed that on the afternoon of December 3 he and four others drove motorbikes to Paradise Beach where they attacked two tourists aboard a single motorbike. They robbed the pair at knife-point, getting away with a camera, a smart phone and 7,000 baht in cash.

    The 13-year-old admitted to kicking or hitting the tourists to force them from their motorbikes, but denied stabbing Mr Wilhelmstatter.

    The youths spent the 200 baht taken from Mr Wilhelmstatter to buy snacks, he said.
    Guy almost dead for $8!! That the hell!

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    There's already a thread on this. Anyway, I'd say young gangs with knives aren't any more common in Thailand, probably less so, than in the UK or US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khmen View Post
    There's already a thread on this. Anyway, I'd say young gangs with knives aren't any more common in Thailand, probably less so, than in the UK or US.
    The USA is big enough to be very varied, but there is nowhere in Thailand as dangerous of South Central or East Los Angeles, Detroit or parts of New York City. I'd take a walk in Bangkok over most large US Cities any night.

    Sounds like the vermin that did the Phuket crime will be out of circulation for a while, hopefully in one of Thailand's hell prisons.

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    Due to age the assholes will not be jailed, but they should jail the parents for at least a year for non control. Mother probably sucking donkey dicks at some bar while Father is drunk on profits..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble
    PHUKET: An Austrian tourist .......Rupert Wilhelmstatter.
    I once knew a Dutchman named John Howard !!


    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    The USA is big enough to be very varied, but there is nowhere in Thailand as dangerous of South Central or East Los Angeles,
    Very true BobR, the only time in my life where I felt genuinely threatened was in a cab leaving LA airport heading up Century Boulavarde (?) and that was mid afternoon about 10 year ago !!

    I would not be out on the streets in any Thai tourist town after 10pm unless with frends and traveling in a car.
    After midnight .. no way!
    Late night funding for booze, drugs and gambling; falangs are soft and easy targets for this scum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navynine
    Mother probably sucking donkey dicks at some bar
    Your avatar conjures up this image for some reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    The USA is big enough to be very varied, but there is nowhere in Thailand as dangerous of South Central or East Los Angeles, Detroit or parts of New York City. I'd take a walk in Bangkok over most large US Cities any night.
    I agree, but I don't want to settle in east Detroit or GB or Bangkok for that matter, but I fancy settling in Phuket or area and I find this sort of crime disturbing.

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    what doesnt make the news very much is this happening to Thai females with hard earnt cash on there way home late at night , dont know about Phuket ? but common in pattaya ,

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    Read in the Phuket news that the cops caught the entire gang! MAybe their is hope, maybe.

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    Two things hit me right away about this story.

    1. The guy was ALONE early in the morning drunk.

    2. The guy was on a MOTORBIKE.

    Growing up in southern California near San Bernardino and Riverside, I learned a little about self-preservation. Always travel with a friend and if you are alone, make sure there are plenty of other people around you.

    Being on a motorbike, drunk in Thailand is asking for trouble. There are plenty of young punks looking for trouble and being on a motorbike out in the open is just asking for it. Take a cab or a tuk tuk if your are going to drink.

    I am not making light of this situation since it is very serious. It is a good thing that the gang members were caught and possibly taken out of circulation. This is one reason I purchard a truck so that I can run over the bastards who are trying to rob me!

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