Cops Arrests Taxi Driver for Robbing Foreigner

BANGKOK — Police have arrested a taxi driver and two waitresses who allegedly robbed a Nigerian man in Bangkok this week.

The 36-year-old Nigerian national reportedly told police he was invited to a dinner in Bang Na on 3 June by a taxi driver he had hired earlier in the night. Two waitresses at the restaurant later joined the pair.

At the end of the night at around 2am, when the Nigerian man was reportedly intoxicated, the waitresses helped bring him to the taxi driver’s car, police said. The driver, identified as Sarut Pawasuwanond, 32, then allegedly drove the man to an alley in Bang Bon district and punched him before stealing his belongings, worth more than 130,000 baht, according to police. 

Pol.Maj.Gen. Nipon Charoenphol, deputy commander of Bangkok Metropolitan Police, said the taxi driver and two waitresses were arrested on the following day after the robbery was reported. They reportedly confessed to plotting the theft and returned some of the stolen belongings.

"The suspects confessed that this is the first time they committed the crime," Pol.Maj.Gen. Nipon said, "As for the money, they used it for personal leisure." 

However, Pol.Maj.Gen. Nipon said police believe the suspects may have conspired in other robberies before, and Sarut's police record shows that he was recently released from prison after serving a jail term for drug charges. 

"We will interrogate them in detail again to expand our investigation. If any victim was previously robbed by these perpetrators in the mentioned manner, they can come to identify the suspects at Bang Na Police Station," Pol.Maj.Gen. Nipon said.

The three suspects have been charged with theft. 

 

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