Norwegian Hospitalized After Fight With Bar Guards

Pattaya’s Walking Street on Dec. 19.

PATTAYA — A Norwegian man is recovering from injuries to his head following a fight with bar security staff in Pattaya early this morning, police said.

According to a police officer, 20-year-old Stian Vebenstad was mobbed by guards at Sor Por Chor bar at about 4am Tuesday after he drew a knife on his Thai girlfriend during a heated argument.

“I’m not sure if he was drunk or on drugs or something, but the incident began with the argument,” said Col. Sukthat Pumpanmuang, commander of Pattaya Police Station.


Citing witnesses’ testimony, Sukthat said Vebenstad was arguing loudly with his girlfriend when he suddenly drew a knife and tried to stab her. The woman then fled into a songthaew, prompting Vebenstad to pursue her, at which point the guards rushed out to stop him, Sukthat said.

“So he lunged at the guards. The guards broke off and called more guards to help disarm him. They had a fistfight,” Sukthat said, adding that the Norwegian was sent to hospital to treat a wound to his head.

It is unclear whether anyone will be charged over the altercation. Sukthat said he heard Vebenstad and the guards plan on settling the matter at Pattaya City Police Station.



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