UPDATE: Taxi motorbike driver suspect arrested after attacking Chilean man on Pattaya Walking Street


A motorbike taxi driver, who is a prime suspect in a morning assault, has been arrested eight hours after appearing to assault a Chilean man on Pattaya Walking Street early this morning (February 25th).

The entire shocking incident was caught on CCTV video which was released to The Pattaya News and other local news media and can be seen here.

Mr. Salvatore Andres Castromedina, 24, a Chilean national, filed a report regarding the alleged assault around 2:00 A.M. this morning to Captain Puttarak Sornkamharn of the Pattaya City Police. He had broken his nose and his clothes and face were covered in blood.

Read more about our previous story in the link below.


As for the latest update at 10:00 A.M, the Pattaya City Police Chief Colonel Pisit Poonsap along with Lieutenant Colonel Somboon Euasamanmaitree of the Pattaya Tourist Police have arrested a Thai national, Mr. Amorn ‘Jeab’ Boonmee. He was arrested at a house in Soi Bonkai in Nongprue. Police used the CCTV footage to identify and track the suspect to his home, according to Police Chief Pisit Poonsap.

Police seized the taxi motorbike shirt that he was allegedly wearing when he attacked the Chilean man. Mr. Boonmee has not released a public statement to the Pattaya press and it is unknown if he has secured the services of a lawyer at this time.

Police have yet to reveal the exact reason why the taxi motorbike driver attacked the Chilean man as the investigation continues. Mr. Castromedina told the press he was trying to arrange a taxi to Soi Buakhao and that the conversation had been calm when the motorbike driver appears to attack him without provocation. The CCTV footage appears to back up this statement.


Story by The Pattaya News


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.