PRACHUAP KIRI KHAN — A former solder has been arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a Venezuelan tourist on a beach in the popular resort town of Hua Hin last night.
Adirek Nuchantuek, 31, was arrested after a tourist told police he attempted to sexually assault her while she was sitting alone on the beach last night.
According to the tourist, Adirek charged at her from behind and pushed her down to the ground. He then reportedly tried to take off her clothes, but when her smartphone fell out of her pocket, he let go of her and tried to grab the phone instead.
The tourist said she took the opportunity to run away, shouting for help along the way.
Using the tourist’s descriptions, police found Adirek near the beach where the attempted rape allegedly took place.
Police say he confessed to the crime and led police officers to the spot where he discarded the tourist's smart phone.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Kritsana Chaemsawang said at press conference this morning that Adirek served in the army for several years and later spent four years in prison for theft.
According to Pol.Maj.Gen. Kritsana, Adirek said he was sniffing intoxicant glue on the beach when he saw the Venezuelan tourist and decided to rape her.
Pol.Maj.Gen. Kritsana added that the tourist confirmed that Adirek is the man who assaulted her.
Hua Hin is a seaside resort town south of Bangkok that is popular among Thai and foreign tourists.
The alleged attempted rape came two months after two British tourists were murdered on a beach on the southern island of Koh Tao. One of the tourists appears to have been sexually assaulted before she was killed, police say.
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