Police Seeking Arrest of Masturbating Cabbie

A censored version of the photo posted on Facebook by Nawarat Punyaratchatapreeda

BANGKOK — Police said Thursday they are looking for a taxi driver who reportedly masturbated in front of a woman passenger in Bangkok.

Nawarat Punyaratchatapreeda, 26, posted on her Facebook that she was taking a cab to Red Cross Fair on Ratchadamnoen Avenue on Wednesday afternoon when she noticed that the driver exposed himself and started stroking his penis. 

Nawarat then photographed the incident and sought help from police, but after she exited the taxi the driver got away, she said in a public Facebook post. Her Facebook profile appears to have been deactivated by Thursday afternoon.

The driver did not have display a name plate so she only photographed the license plate, said Nawarat, who identified herself as a nurse.  

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Cpt. Chawalit Chanken, an officer at Dusit Police Station, said his unit has issued a summons warrant for the car owner based on the license plate.

“We know the identity of the car owner now, but we’re not sure if it’s the same person,” Chawalit said. “He hasn’t shown up to give his testimony yet … if he still ignores our summons warrant we will apply for an arrest warrant.” 

Chawalit declined to name the car owner, saying that the person is still being treated as a witness. 

Speaking to Daily News, Nawarat said she will take legal action against the driver to the utmost degree in order to teach him a lesson.

“He’s a danger to society. He may do it with other people. I want him to learn and remember not to do bad things,” Nawarat was quoted as saying. 

 

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Teeranai Charuvastra can be reached at teeranai@khaosodenglish.com and @Teeranai_C.