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At 11-30 on the 30th of August it was reported that Ya Fei Yang, 59 and Xu Hai Yan, 45, were involved in a bag snatching incident in Chaweng. The business couple operate a tour company offering tours throughout Asia and the world famous Yunnon Province in China and were in Samui to explore travel opportunities for their future guests.
On the night in question they had been enjoying the views of Chaweng beach and driving through the streets of Koh Samui as the couple passed the Shell gasoline station in Samui moo 3 Cheweng, they were approached by two men driving a motorcycle. The pillion passenger grabbed Xu Hai Yans shoulder bag by its strap and tried to remove the bag from her possession. Hu Hai Yans held on tightly to her bag knowing that it contained money and important documents. The assailants during the struggle were hit by a passing car, but this did nothing to stop their efforts to steal the bag. When pillion passenger found he was unable to get the bag he drew out a knife inuring the couple. A passerby helped them to get medical attention at the local hospital. The criminals fled the scene.
It has been reported that 20 such incidents occur a month in Koh Samui