A 32-year-old man was captured after allegedly assaulting and attempting to rape an 81-year-old woman at her home in Angthong's Wiset Chai Chan district yesterday.
The suspect, a distant relative of the victim, allegedly broke into the victim's home at about 3.30am and, after she saw him, she screamed for help but he overpowered her and demanded sex, the victim told police.
She resisted and hit him in stomach so he hit her back, she alleged.
He was about to stab her with a knife when a neighbour, who heard her screams, came to her rescue, she alleged, adding that the suspect ran off.
Wiset Chai Chan Police Station superintendant Colonel Peerapan Chanthien said that about 5am member of the public captured the suspect under a tree not far from the victim's house and took him to police.
The man has maintained is innocence, claiming he had been drinking and taking drug the night before so he was hiding.