CHONBURI — An Indian tourist was reportedly beaten unconscious and robbed by a group of Thai teenagers in the resort town of Pattaya early this morning.
Police say the 50-year-old Indian tourist was walking on the beach when at least five Thai young men punched and kicked him until he lost consciousness. The group then stole his wallet, mobile phone, and cash from his bag, police say.
The tourist lost an estimated 75,000 baht, and suffered head injuries and a broken nose.
A witness told police the five men appeared to be members of a local teenage gang who regularly extort money from people on Pattaya beach.
"These teenagers like to pose as masters of the beach and drink alcohol together. When they are drunk, they extort money from residents in the area," said Pol.Lt. Siraphudet Chamnankit, an officer at Mueang Pattaya Police Station. "They assault victims who refuse to give up the money."
He said police are searching for the perpetrators.
Pattaya, a coastal resort town east of Bangkok, is known for its seedy nightlife industry and high crime rate.
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