Taxi Driver Wounded By 'Tomboy' Robber

(20 January) A taxi driver has been injured by a woman who attempted to rob him in Pathumthani yesterday, police said.


Police in Thanyaburi district arrived at the crime scene on Rangsit-Nakhornnayok Road at 04.00 yesterday. At the scene, they found two individuals bloodied by stabbing wounds, who were identified as Mr. Charoen Pennadee, 59, and Ms. Achrarat Chantra, 24. A taxi was parked nearby. 
Mr. Charoen and Ms. Achraarat were sent to hospitals. Mr. Charoen later identified himself as a taxi driver, and told police that he had picked up the passenger, Ms. Achrarat, from Don Mueang district.
The taxi driver added that Ms. Achrarat was a "tomboy". 
According to Mr. Charoen, Ms. Achrarat told him to drop her off in Thanyaburi district, but when he arrived at the destination, Ms. Achrarat kept telling him to drive further. Mr. Charoen said he became suspicious, so he stopped his car and asked where exactly she would get off, only to be told by Ms. Achrarat that she had no money to pay for the fare.
Mr. Charoen then reportedly told her to get off anyway, but Ms. Achrarat suddenly drew a knife and attempted to rob him. According to the driver, he fought with Ms. Achrarat and tried to disarm her, and the two individuals ended up injuring each other. 
An official who worked at a nearby Corrections Centre later investigated the noise and alerted the police. 
Police said Mr. Charoen was wounded in his hands and torso, while Ms. Achrarat was also wounded "in many places".
Ms. Achrarat would be detained at the hospital for further investigation, police said. 

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