Pattaya Man Reportedly Shot For Chasing Tourist-Robbing Teenagers

The songthaew driven by Ratcharot Banpaburut, 33, who was shot at around 1 am on 6 December after he and his friend reportedly chased after teenagers who robbed a Chinese tourist.

CHONBURI — A songthaew driver in Pattaya was reportedly shot by a pair of teenagers who robbed a foreign tourist early this morning.

Police say the incident took place in front of Long Beach Pattaya Hotel in Banglamung district at around 1 am.

Orachon, 36, told police that she and her brother, Ratcharot, 33, were driving their songthaew (a truck-sized taxi) near Soi 16 when they spotted a pair of teenagers behaving suspiciously. They decided to park the vehicle and observe the teenagers from a distance, Orachon said.

According to police, Orachon then saw the two teens rob a foreign tourist in front of Long Beach Pattaya Hotel and flee on their motorcycle. She and her brother then reportedly chased after the pair.

However, the teenagers fired a handgun at the songthaew, injuring Ratcharot in his left cheek, Orachon said.

"I didn't expect that the teenagers would be so cruel that they shoot at us," Orachon said. "We only wanted to get the belongings back to the tourist, so people will know that there are still good people in Pattaya."

Police say Ratcharot's condition is "critical." Officers in Pattaya are studying CCTV footage to identify and arrest the two teenagers, police say. 

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