Man Angry About Being Too Broke to Buy Kratom Juice Arrested for Smashing Car Windows with Rocks in Pattaya

Pattaya —

A distraught Thai man threw rocks at random car windows in Pattaya on Wednesday, April 10th, 2024. He was arrested and said he did it because he felt angry that he did not have money to buy kratom juice.

The Nongprue police received a report about a man resembling a homeless person throwing rocks at the windows of several cars in Soi Khao Ta Lo, Nong Prue sub-district, Banglamung district, Chonburi province, around 9:36 AM. They rushed to the scene along with emergency responders.

At the scene, in front of a kratom juice shop, the suspect was found and had already been restrained by locals. He was identified as Mr. Natthapong Noisakran, 29. The Thai man was disheveled and appeared to be under the influence of something. A bottle of kratom juice was found next to him.

Mr. Natthapong confessed to breaking the windows of three cars with rocks. He claimed that he did it because he was frustrated that he wanted to buy more kratom juice, but he did not have any money to buy it.

A black Volvo car was found with a large hole in the rear window. Mr. Sombat Tohsampandee, 48, the owner of the car, and the unidentified owners of two other damaged vehicles were present at the scene. They decided not to press charges, citing that they doubted the suspect would have any funds to pay for the damages considering he didn’t have the funds to purchase a 60 Baht (2 USD) bottle of Kratom juice.

According to Mr. Sombat, he had parked his car in the alley and went to have coffee nearby. Soon after, a good Samaritan told him his car window had been smashed. He rushed back to the scene and found the suspect trying to flee. He chased the suspect with the help of locals and managed to restrain him before calling the police.

The suspect was taken into custody at the Nongprue Police Station who are considering pressing their own charges despite the vehicle owners declining.

TPN Media notes that Kratom was decriminalized in 2022 but selling it, especially mixed into other substances, requires strict licenses from the Thai FDA which are very difficult to get.


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.