An unidentified foreign man suffered at least two slash wounds from a sharp weapon this morning near Walking Street after what eyewitnesses called a physical confrontation between two foreign men.
The incident took place after 1:00 A.M. in a beer bar area located on a side soi off of Walking Street in South Pattaya.
According to an eyewitness who spoke with Sawang Boriboon rescue workers, tourist police, and Pattaya Police, the incident stemmed from a confrontation between two unidentified foreign men. The men began a verbal argument outside a series of beer bars on the street which escalated to a physical argument. The cause of the debate, according to eyewitnesses, was uncertain.
One man used a weapon similar to a knife to slash the arms of the second man, who then made his way to the main Walking Street to seek assistance. The second man involved in the incident fled and friends of the victim helped assist him to get basic medical assistance with tourist police and rescue workers at a tourist assistance booth on Walking Street. The victim was bleeding heavily, including on his shorts.
The victim, however, refused to go to a hospital after getting his wounds bandaged by Walking Street rescue staff and also declined to file a police report or speak to the press. He also reportedly declined to explain what had happened to rescue workers. The friends of the victim, who also declined to speak about the incident to any relevant officials, helped bring the man home.
Pattaya police officials, however, stated to The Pattaya News that they will be reviewing CCTV from bars around where the confrontation took place and identify and summon all parties involved to the police station for further investigation.
Notably, police also shut down all entertainment venues for the evening right after the incident and noted that the current legal closing time is midnight, warning that it will be enforced in the near future.
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration or CCSA approved 2AM closing times for nightlife venues last Friday, June 17th, however it is not expected to take legal effect until July first.