A Thai cannabis vendor fought with an Indian tourist over a road rage incident in Pattaya last night. The man stabbed the tourist in the chest and put him in the hospital.
The 25-year-old man, Mr. Nonthawat Sritamart, was promptly arrested by Pattaya Police after stabbing the Indian tourist only identified as Mr. Gulshan, aged 25, below his left chest.
The violence took place last night, May 17th, on Soi Pattaya 16 in the Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district. Pattaya Police and Sawang Boriboon rescuers rushed to the incident site to aid the injured Indian man and arrest Mr. Nonthawat.
The suspect suffered cuts on his right hand and bruises on his body. Law enforcement confiscated a knife believed to be the weapon used in the assault from him and provided him with first aid before taking him to the Pattaya Police Station.
The Indian tourist, on the other hand, was rushed to a nearby hospital by Good Samaritans before the authorities reached the location. Fortunately, his injuries were not fatal.
During questioning with police, Nonthawat said he was a cannabis vendor operating on Pattaya Walking Street. He said his vehicle grazed with the Indian man’s on the road, and they both stopped their vehicles to talk, but the situation escalated to a physical altercation.
Mr. Gulshan reportedly trampled on Nonthawat’s items that had fallen to the ground while they both fought. Enraged, Nonthawat decided to draw a knife that he said was always in his pocket and stabbed the foreign tourist in the left chest.
Local media interviewed an unidentified eyewitness and reported that the two men stopped their vehicles and suddenly started exchanging punches in the middle of the road. They saw the suspect getting overpowered and resorted to drawing a knife to stab the Indian man.
Police are pursuing legal action against Nonthawat.
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