A sharpshooting homeless person equipped with a slingshot broke the eyebrow of a motorcycle taxi rider in Pattaya last night and got arrested.
The “Win” motorbike taxi driver, 55-year-old Mr. Nataphol Namman, told The Pattaya News that he was attacked by a homeless man armed with a slingshot yesterday, May 20th.
Nataphol said he was waiting for passengers at a motorcycle taxi shelter at the front of the now closed Drinking Street Bar on Pattaya Second Road around 11:30 PM. Upon waiting, the suspect shot two metal pieces from his slingshot at him for no apparent reasons. The initial shot hit the roof of the shelter while the second directly hit Mr. Nataphol in the leg, he said.
Then, Mr. Nataphol and his co-workers tried to catch the assailant, a disheveled man believed to be homeless, by themselves, but the man retaliated by firing another shot at Mr. Nataphol, this time striking him in the right eye socket and causing him to bleed.
Eventually, the victim and his group gave up on pursuing the homeless man and decided to call for assistance from Pattaya Police. The officers quickly arrived and arrested the homeless person, who had no identification and wasn’t cooperative, and took him to a police station to proceed with legal action.
Mr. Nataphol commented that he wanted to see Pattaya authorities take some real action against the city’s homeless individuals. They were dangerous to residents and tourists, the Win driver said.
Last month on April 29th, a homeless man hurled a large limb at a masseuse in Pattaya and broke her head. The suspect was one of numerous homeless people who roamed the streets and occupied abandoned buildings in Pattaya.
Meanwhile, Pattaya authorities recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop a welfare system for homeless people and beggars on May 18th. The move is currently in a research process to determine the precise homeless population in the province.
The findings from the research will be used to create plans and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of homeless people’ s lives in the future.
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