Three major suspects involved in a “violent brawl” in the Tree Town Market area of Central Pattaya off of Soi Buakhao that left one person dead on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022 have been arrested as of this morning, January 4th, 2022.
First, as a reference, our prior coverage:
The incident took place around 10:00 P.M. on January 2nd at Tree Town market and was responded to by Lt. Col Krikrit Saiwana, Deputy Superintendent of the Pattaya City Police, and his team after notification from Covid-19 testers who had witnessed the incident.
Two people were injured from the incident and one man was killed, Mr. Narawit Prongsongnern, 52, who was born and raised in Pattaya and a well-known local. He was particularly well known in Tree Town by his nickname ‘Aey Marine’. He had sustained severe injuries from a stab wound and was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the incident.
The other two injured parties were Mr. Amornthep Pongsawet, 49, from Banglamung, and Mr. Thani Promduang, 34, from Chanthaburi.
As an additional reference, our article from last night about Pattaya Police still hunting for those involved:
The Pattaya City Police are hunting for all suspects
Now, our full update:
The Pattaya City Police have identified three suspects who were described as Mr. Boy ‘Arm’ Sukkeephon, 32, from Banglamung, Mr. Niwat ‘Wat’ Prakong, 51, and Niphon ‘Gab’ Prakong, 24, both from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Wat and Gab are father and son while Boy is reportedly their employer.
Arrest warrants from the Pattaya Provincial Court had been issued for the three suspects prior to their apprehension.
Late yesterday afternoon, (January 3rd), police arrested Mr. Niwat ‘Wat’ Prakong, 51, at a residential rental room near the Tree Town Market.
The other two suspects, Boy, and Gab, surrendered to Pattaya police late last night (January 3rd). Mr. Boy, according to Pattaya police, was the individual who allegedly stabbed Mr. Narawit to death. Boy has reportedly admitted that he did so, however, is claiming self-defense. Boy told Pattaya police Narawit had threatened harm to his parents, gravely insulting him and his family.
Police said all three suspects are facing charges of intentional murder, bodily harm causing severe injuries and death, and illegally carrying weapons in public.
All three suspects have denied all charges, claiming self-defense. They have also refused to do a reenactment. Police have denied bail as of press time while the investigation continues and all three men remain in custody currently as of press time.
The exact motive behind the disagreement is still being investigated, Pattaya Police added, although appeared to have stemmed from a dispute about business relating to employment for security work for local businesses. The two groups who had a dispute agreed to meet in the central part of Tree Town for a discussion about the problem, but the situation escalated into personal threats against individuals’ families and then into physical violence.
Pattaya Police have strongly criticized the actions made by the parties involved, noting that it took place in front of dozens of tourists in one of Pattaya’s busiest areas and according to them hurt the reputation of the city. Lt. Col Krikrit Saiwana even stated that the brawl had hurt the, in his words, family-friendly reputation of Pattaya.
We will continue to monitor this story here at TPN media.