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One of the men who attacked an American man on the beach at Koh Phi Phi has been arrested.
The American – Stephen Trimble, 25 from Florida – had tried to help a woman whose bag was taken while she was out swimming. He was set upon by three men suffering several injuries including a tear to a tendon of his knee.
He related the incident on Instagram with a picture of himself covered in blood. He said he was told by Koh Phi Phi police to come back in the morning to report it.
Krabi immigration heard of the story and went to the island. Koh Phi Phi police confirmed that the reason they asked Mr Trimble to come back was that he was drunk.
But he never came back to report what had happened. Immigration found out that he had arrived with a US friend called Luke Barrow, 29, on March 5th at Phuket Airport from China.
After the incident in Phi Phi he went to stay at the Moment Hostel in Ao Nang on the mainland before purchasing a ticket to Koh Pangan to attend next week’s full moon party.
Police want to talk to him so that he can help identify his attackers.
Yesterday evening one man was arrested in connection with the attack. Two more are expected to be in custody shortly.