Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault after a 24-year-old European tourist claimed a Thai man tried to have sex with her at a soi near Nai Harn Beach in Phuket early on Friday.
Police are awaiting the results of a medical examination as they continue their investigation.
Chalong Police, Phuket Tourist Police and Phuket Immigration officers have been investigating the scene of the incident and assisting the woman.
Wassana Sukkaew, 27, a coffee shop owner, told police that at 8.45am this morning a female European tourist ran out from a soi near Wiset Road in Nai Harn, calling for help. The woman said that a Thai man tried to have sex with her near the building.
Staff at a nearby clothes shop told police that they heard people “who sounded like foreigners” arguing at about 8am. They say they heard a foreign woman say “Why” many times.
Police were trying to ascertain the precise location of the alleged incident but say the tourist was stressed and disoriented when they spoke to her. She was initially taken to the Chalong Police Station and later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket for further examination.
Police have inspected the area where the incident is alleged to have taken place and say they found no clues.
Police have uncovered CCTV footage that shows the tourist was drinking at a bar in Kata Beach with a Thai man until about 7am.
She allegedly asked the Thai man to take her back to a hotel in Kata but the man took her to the scene of the alleged crime, according to police. The two were travelling on a motorbike from Kata to Nai Harn, police said.
Police say they know the identity of the Thai man who was with the woman and are trying to locate him for questioning.