A British man was arrested after he allegedly dropped a gun in an entertainment venue in Rawai, bringing the attention of law enforcement. He even reportedly left Thailand and came back before he was arrested.
The Chalong Police told the Phuket Express that yesterday, Monday (November 13th), they arrested a man they publicly identified only as MR. JAMAAL, a British national (His age was not given). He is a wanted suspect in Thailand on an arrest warrant issued by the Phuket Provincial Court. He is being accused of illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a gun in public.
The arrest came after recently the suspect went into an unidentified entertainment venue in Rawai. He allegedly dropped a gun in front of the venue apparently by accident. Security guards then found a Glock 19 blank gun on the floor. The entertainment venue immediately reported the incident to Rawai police but the suspect allegedly ran away. Jamaal then reportedly immediately left Thailand early the next morning apparently aware that he was wanted by authorities.
The Chalong Police managed to identify Jamaal and requested a formal arrest warrant from the Thai courts which flagged Mr. Jamaal, who decided to return to Thailand and Phuket hoping that the trail on the dropped gun case had gone cold. It hasn’t. Police then found that the British man had been allegedly linked with many crimes in the Phuket area. He was also reportedly previously imprisoned in his home country for many cases such as selling illegal drugs and firearms.
Mr. Jamaal remained in police custody as of press time and had not immediately released a statement to the press nor was it known if he had retained the services of an attorney.