55-year-old man dies while running from Ban Bueng police following a raid on illegal animal fighting

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Ban Bueng –

  A 55-year-old Thai man has been pronounced dead following his collapsing to the ground after he ran away from police in Ban Bueng. The victim had been allegedly gambling at an illegal cockfighting ring when law enforcement arrived, causing him and many others to flee.

Mr. Noopearn Pakti, 55, has been pronounced dead in a field at a factory in the Nong Paikaew sub-district on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, around 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Supa Sorit, 53, the factory caretaker, told TPN media, “About ten men had jumped the wall into my factory and were attempting to run and hide from law enforcement. I told them to leave my private property when Noopearn suddenly collapsed to the ground, falling unconscious and later being pronounced dead. I called authorities for assistance.”

A nearby Nong Paikaew village headman, Mr. Akkarawat Thongtam, 55, told TPN media, “Mr. Noopearn and other men often took part in an illegal rooster fighting field near the factory. This time, Ban Bueng police raided the illegal gathering before he and others ran away from police, climbing over the wall to the factory and racing through nearby fields.”

At this stage, Ban Bueng police believed that Mr. Noopearn might have personal health problems which caused heart failure compounded with exhaustion and high heat during the height of the day. However, his body was taken to a local medical facility for a full examination to determine the exact cause of death.

A spokesman for the Ban Bueng police stressed for people present at police inspections/raids not to flee as it can only make the situation worse and compound problems.


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Goongnang Suksawat
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.