Pattaya Police yesterday arrested a Thai motorcycle taxi rider who allegedly threatened foreign passengers with a knife over a fare disagreement.
Around early evening yesterday, April 13th, police officers were notified of a man who appeared to be waving a knife at foreign tourists on Pattaya Second Road near Soi 6/1.
The man, aged about 50-60 years old, was wearing a distinctive orange motorcycle taxi uniform. He was recorded by pedestrians as he outrageously tried to assault two unidentified foreign men with a knife. Many people both Thai and foreign alike tried to stop him, according to a recording.
After receiving a report, Pattaya Police conducted an intense investigation and quickly arrested the suspect, Mr. Worapol Naroj. The suspect is a motorbike taxi rider operating near Pattaya Night Bazaar. He claimed to the police that the passengers tried to halve his fare to 40 baht a person when they reportedly initially agreed on a fare of 80 baht per person.
The suspect said he picked up both foreigners from Central Beach Mall to take them to Soi 6. The foreigners remain unknown as of press time.
The police then interviewed an eyewitness, Mr. Alessandro Somsaen, 31. He said a fight between the suspect and foreigners broke out while he was enjoying Songkran near the road. The suspect chased the foreigners around and tried to stab them. Luckily, many people came to the foreigners’ aid and helped stop the fight. The suspect then ran away and later got arrested.
The officers are proceeding with legal action against the suspect and state this will also affect his license and ability to operate as a motorbike taxi driver.