A man allegedly driven by the influence of marijuana tried to steal a motorbike from a teenage female student and got beaten by her older brother.
Nong Prue Police received a report of a man who caused a commotion in Eakmongkol Village 1 located in Pattaya’s Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district around 10 PM on Thursday, February 9th, and responded to the scene.
Many villagers were at the scene, circling the suspect only identified as Ju. The 19-year-old suffered bruises and bleeding. The police told The Pattaya News that Ju seemed dazed, confused, and could not speak properly. Also present at the scene was an unidentified schoolgirl, 14, who accused the suspect of trying to steal her motorbike.
The girl stated that while she was riding her motorbike to get some dinner, Ju rushed down from his apartment, jumped on her motorbike, and said “Please give me your motorbike.”
The Pattaya News notes that fourteen is not old enough to legally drive in Thailand.
A small fight over the motorbike then arose, and the girl started to scream. Ju was scared and fled to the center of the road and clambered onto the back of a passing pickup. He then decided to jump off 100 meters from the incident scene and was caught by the schoolgirl’s brother who rushed to his little sister’s aid.
The unidentified brother reportedly beat Ju out of frustration, prompting villagers to call the police to halt the fight.
Upon a body search, the officers found a small bag of marijuana in Ju’s pocket. The man was then transported to a police station where he later confessed to Pattaya police to smoking marijuana, causing him to enter psychosis and see a hallucination of a man entering his room and attempting to chase after him. This frightened the suspect, so he tried to steal a motorbike to run away from the illusion.
Ju said he would never normally commit a crime and blamed the incident on his psychosis.
His dad, who arrived at the station after learning about his son’s arrest, backed up his son’s claim, saying his son was also mentally ill and suffered from depression.
The dad, who asked not to reveal his name, begged the female student and her brother not to press charges, to which they agreed. The dad promised that he would take better care of his son and admit him to a hospital to cure his mental illness and cannabis addiction.
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