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Late on Saturday night, Khun Akkarapon aged 18 and a `17 year old companion who cannot be named for legal reasons as suspected of stealing a bag on Jomtien Second Road. The bag, that contained 6,000 baht in cash, belonged to Miss Tatina Loudin a 42 year old Russian national.
After the bag was snatched the two men attempted to escape the scene. The police made chase but the two men refused to stop. The police shouted out to the men, asking them to surrender and when they refused eventually yelled to the men that they would shoot at them if they did not stop.
As the case was approaching the junction of Tepprasit road and Jomtien Second road, one of the officers opened fire and the two suspects fell from their bike and were then arrested. The 17 year old boy was taken to hospital for injuries to his leg.
The suspects confessed to the bag snatch and told the police they needed money to celebrate the New Year.
During the shooting a pick-up truck nearby was hit by a stray bullet, as was a 27 year old Russian national Miss Elena Sarycmevea, 27 who was found on the ground in a pool of blood. The woman had been shot in the ankle during the chase from what is believed to be a stray bullet from the officer’s gun, the lady was taken to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to have a plate put into her ankle. The doctors told her that she will now face up to six months of rehabilitation and ongoing treatment.
It has been confirmed by Pol Maj Gen Nittipong that the Provincial Police Commander, who has personally visited the lady, that all of the woman’s medical expenses and repatriation costs would be covered by the Royal Thai Police and he deeply regrets the incident caused by his officers.