Chiang Mai –
Russian national Cemnh Semin, 32, was arrested at Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai yesterday, September 27, after allegedly attempting to break into a tourist campground and steal their belongings.
National park officers were on a routine night patrol when the alleged foreign burglar was spotted around 3:00 AM, reportedly trying to steal visitors’ properties in the Suan Son campground. He quickly fled the scene while the officials called for reinforcements. Officers successfully pursued the suspect into the forest where he was not cooperative and refused to surrender.
The suspect also reportedly stabbed one of the park officers in the neck and the face with a pair of scissors during an attempt to arrest him. The foreigner also reportedly suffered back and head injuries while being subdued by multiple backup officers.
Both of them were being treated at a local hospital. Cemnh is now detained and in the process of being interrogated by officers from the Phuping Rajanivej Police Station.
According to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park officers, they had received many complaints from national park visitors for the past couple of months that their valuable belongings were reportedly stolen while they were visiting the Doi Suthep temple and nearby areas. Several Thai tourists reported seeing a foreigner sneaking around the area late at night. Some officers speculated the man was homeless and living in the forest by stealing from tourists, although this information has not been confirmed.
The patrol staff, therefore, had been scheduled 24-hours a day to monitor around the tourist campsite and tourist attractions until the alleged foreign thief was captured.
Park officials have not yet released an official statement from the suspect who reportedly is still not being cooperative.