Villagers fear motorcycle gang will attack again

Around Thailand January 03, 2018 18:04

By Phuket Gazette

Police say a group of motorcyclists who attacked innocent residents in Yoo Sabai Village during New Year celebrations will be issued with arrest warrants “in a few days”.

However, their victims say they are living in fear of reprisal and want the police to act sooner. 

The incident came to light after a Facebook user, Techa Tubthong, released a three-minute video of the motorcyclists attacking their opponents and harming villagers who tried to stop the fight. One of the victims ended up in hospital with bruises and cuts.

After checking CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses, police said they already knew who the suspects were – mainly youths and juveniles – and they would issue warrants for their arrest soon.

The wife of the victim said: “It happened at about 1am after the countdown to the New Year. Our family were cleaning up after celebrating in front of the house when we heard a group of motorcycles riding inside the alley of the village.

“We went out to have a look, as we were worried that our children might be in danger and that our van, which was parked in front of the house, might be damaged.

“The group had knives and guns and they were chasing three juveniles. My husband and my son tried to stop them from hurting each other, and went to help the three juveniles who were injured.

“Suddenly, the group attacked my husband instead. One of them pointed a gun at him, then at my son. My sister-in-law went to stop them, then there was a voice shouting out ‘police’, so they fled.”

She says the family sent her husband and the three injured teens to the hospital. Her husband was severely injured. His cheek bones and nose were broken and a doctor was checking whether he could organise an operation.

“We called the police when we saw the three men being hurt, but it took too long, so we had to stop the fight ourselves. We would like the police to rush the case because our family is living in fear. We are scared that they will return to hurt us again.”

Wichit Police Station Superintendent, Pol Colonel Nikorn Somsuk insisted that the police would issue arrest warrants within a few days.


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