Three Men Arrested for Assaulting Foreign Tourists in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI — Police say three Thai men have been arrested for assaulting two tourists from Australia in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

Police said the 60-year-old Australian man and his 18-year-old son were assaulted by the trio on 16 June and fled into a Buddhist temple to ask for assistance. Monks at the temple then alerted the police and sent the pair to hospital, said Pol.Maj.Gen. Pacha Rattapan, deputy commander of Fifth Region Police.

Police tracked down the suspects by studying CCTV footage in the area, and discovered that the altercation took place in front of a convenience store near Chiang Mai Land gated community on Chang Klan Road, said Pol.Maj.Gen. Pacha.

The arrested suspects have been identified as Bhuwanart Kullasuwan, 45; Pariwat Moonrianthong, 47; and a 17-year-old boy. They have been charged with physical assault. 

Pol.Maj.Gen. Pacha said the three suspects confessed to beating the two tourists, but said the tourists were intoxicated and tried to "pick a fight" with them first. The suspects also offered to provide financial compensation to the two tourists, Pol.Maj.Gen. Pacha said. 

 

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