CHONBURI — A foreign tourist was allegedly attacked with brass knuckles in the resort town of Pattaya early this morning because he refused to buy weed from a dealer, police say.
Police described the victim as a 37-year-old Russian man vacationing in Thailand. He is recieving treatment for wounds around his mouth at Pattaya Memorial Hospital, police say.
The victim told police he was walking in front of Siam Bay Shore Hotel at around 3 am today when a Thai man approached him and tried to sell him marijuana, said Pol.Lt. Jakkrit Chantakham, an officer at Mueang Pattaya Police Station.
"The tourist said he refused to buy the weed, because he doesn't do drugs," Pol.Lt. Jakkrit said. "But the man still insisted on selling him the weed. [The tourist] tried to walk away, which angered the man, so he hit the victim in the mouth with a brass knuckles and ran away."
Pol.Lt. Jakkrit said police are studying CCTV footage in the area to identify the perpetrator.
Pattaya is known for its red-light district and a high rate of crimes against foreigners.