American man, previously arrested twice, including at US embassy in Bangkok, arrested for alleged public disturbance in Pattaya area

An American man has been arrested after allegedly causing a public nuisance at a condominium in Jomtien last night.

A video of the incident is here:

Captain Wittaya Kantijit of the Pattaya City Police was notified of the incident at 11:30PM at a condominium in Jomtien.

Police and The Pattaya News arrived at a room on the eighth floor of the condo to find a foreign man who was in a state of distress. He was talking in circles and according to condo security had torn up his room while screaming and yelling. He allegedly told police, which was caught on video, he had many guns and weapons, however none were found.

Police managed to arrest him without any injuries to them or the suspect. Many things were damaged in his condominium, including a smashed television. He was taken to the Pattaya City Police Station for further evaluation.

The security guard told The Pattaya News that the foreign man had several similar incidents but this time was severe and after continuing to disturb other residents and refuse to listen to security police had to be called.

The man was later identified as a 35 years old American man whose name The Pattaya News has withheld in alignment with our policies on subjects with potential mental health disorders. He was a previous American Marine and according to several prior reports of his history given to the Pattaya Police has severe PTSD.

The same man has been arrested twice before, once in an incident in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok and once in Pattaya during a public incident at the Avenue shopping mall. Police confirmed the man had spent time in recovery after both incidents.

You can read more about those stories below:

Legal medication was found in his apartment that was used to treat mental health disorders, however it appeared the suspect had not been taking it properly, possibly leading to the incident.

The man remains in custody and will likely be returned to a psychiatric hospital for further evaluation.

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