Thai teen charged for attacking Japanese tourist

Bangkok police yesterday announced the arrest of a teenager who allegedly conspired with another three teens to rob and assault a Japanese tourist on Sunday night before getting away with Bt30,000 in valuables.

The 38-year-old Japanese tourist was robbed between Soi 5 and 7 on Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road. Police arrested the young suspect on Monday evening at a checkpoint on Therdthai Road after they allegedly found foreign currency and the victim's personal documents on him. The teen allegedly confessed to joining others aged 15-17 to rob the tourist, so police are hunting for his accomplices.

The accused was initially charged with robbery using a weapon and vehicle.

In related news, Phuket police took an 18-year-old man, who allegedly hit an American tourist in the head with a wooden stick last Saturday, to re-enact the crime at a beach near Nong Han Park in Muang district. The suspect claimed self-defence, saying the tourist, who appeared drunk, knocked him down and was about to beat him with the stick. He said he'd gone to help the tourist whose motorcycle was stuck in sand.