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A 64 year old German tourist waiting with his wife for a taxi at Mo Chit BTS was stabbed in the neck by a Thai man.
The national police chief praised the quick action of four motorcycle taxi riders who made a citizens’ arrest.
Nearby was a Thai man being held by the “win” riders – he had two Thai IDs. One said he was 48 year old Adisai from Nonthaburi but police believe he is the other – 40 year old Winai Hormniam from Surin.
He appeared to be on drugs.
He told cops it was all an accident. He meant to tap the tourist on the shoulder but a knife that he always kept with him and was wrapped in a shawl came into contact accidentally with the man’s neck.
Police dismissed this as ridiculous.
Witnesses confirmed that the attacker went to punch the tourist holding a cloth. A motorcycle maxi rider told Thai Rath in a video of the event that he was not aware that the cloth contained a knife.
Kritchai Pisitchotpreeda, 58, who saw the incident went to warn the riders that the man had a knife.
Winai has initially been charged with assault and detained pending tests for drugs.
National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda praised the good Samaritans for being the eyes and ears of the police and ordered through his spokesman that a full investigation takes place.
No motive was suggested in the attack that appears to be completely unprovoked.
The attack was at 1.30 pm yesterday, Tuesday.