YouTube Inspires Laotian Man to Rob Bank With Fake Gun

Footage captured Monday night through a security camera shows the moment in which a Laotian man by the name of Chan handed over a note to a bank teller demanding she hand over 200,00 baht in Bangkok’s Rat Burana District.

BANGKOK — A 26-year-old Laotian man was arrested Monday evening after he robbed almost 300,000 baht from an unguarded bank using a toy gun.

The man, identified only as Chan, went to a Kasikornbank branch in Rat Burana – which lacked a security guard – and passed a paper note to a lady behind the counter. The note read “I have a gun, hand me 200,000 baht.” Shocked the teller ran away.

Succeeding in scaring bank staff, Chan fled with 286,000 baht.

“He learned it from some movie scenes he watched on YouTube,” Capt.Yossawat Rattanasri of Ratburana Police Station said Tuesday.

Police were alerted after the robbery took place. Chan then took a taxi to go to Soi Suksawat 27. The taxi driver, Phongsathorn Boontem, 38, told police he first refused to take Chan after spotting a gun hidden under his shirt.

The Laotian man then pulled out a cutter and forced Phongsathorn to drive. The taxi driver said Chan gave him 100 baht when they arrived at the destination.

Police chased the taxi Chan took to Soi Suksawat 27. In an effort to evade capture, Chan ran into Soi 29 and tried to climb up the roof of a house. His attempt failed and he fell to the ground. Locals took this opportunity to capture him and then handed him over to the police, who later arrived at the scene.

Chan was charged with robbery and with carrying a knife in public.

Chan was questioned by police Monday at Ratburana Police Station in Bangkok.
Chan was questioned by police Monday at Ratburana Police Station in Bangkok.
The paper Chan handed to bank teller Monday. It said ““I have a gun, hand me 200,000 baht.”
The paper Chan handed to bank teller Monday. It said ““I have a gun, hand me 200,000 baht.”