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Samui police have made a quick arrest of a man charged in the robbery and attempted rape of a young Russian tourist in Mae Nam, reports Thaivisa News.
A Phunphin man has admitted to four other similar offences, investigators said.
When faced with the evidence the alleged attempted rapist broke down claiming he robbed the victim to get money for his two children.
The vicious attack on the holiday island took place at night on Wednesday last week as Miss Marina Glagoliva, 32,was walking in the area close to the Phu Khao Thong temple.
A tall man on a motorbike stopped and leapt on her and took 20,000 baht she was carrying. He then grabbed her by the throat and attempted to drag her into the undergrowth and rape her.
Only the yelling of the spirited young Russian saved her as the startled assailant escaped into the night on his bike.
Investigators of the Samui police quickly discovered that the likely attacker was a man called Seksan (alias Joe) Thongphijit who was working as a construction worker on a site nearby. They went to arrest him but he had fled the island in panic.
Further investigations led officers to Seksan’s house on the mainland in Phunphin, where he was arrested at his lodgings along with sports clothing police claim was worn in the attack and a knife.
Miss Glagoliva had no difficulty identifying her assailant Wednesday, said investigator Paitoon Krajajang of the Samui police. When faced with the evidence Seksan burst into tears saying he was so sorry for what he had done.
He claimed he had robbed the tourist to get money for his two children as cash from construction work was not sufficient.
He admitted to police that he was also responsible for four other similar cases though it was not immediately known where these took place. He was charged and remanded in custody.