Five men allegedly attacked a Canadian man before taking his watch and cash in Patong.
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The Phuket Tourist Police told the Phuket Express that Mr. William Lamarche-Saint-Louis, 28, Canadian national, told them that he was attacked by five men on Friday (February 10th) near Patong Beach. Mr. William was treated at a hospital after his nose was broken.
William told Patong police on Friday he had been drinking at a bar before going for a walk at night time. There were five men who approached him and threatened him for his watch that he was wearing which cost 50,000 baht.
William said he was afraid for his safety and gave the watch to the group of men. However, the suspects then also demanded his bag which had 5,000 baht in cash. He refused to give it to them before they attacked him and they sped away.
Mr. William said he was hurt but kept walking to find police. He met with someone who he thought he was patrol police. He reported the incident but the officer asked if he had any more money. The officer refused to take him to the police station because he didn’t have any money left.
William walked back to Patong Beach before someone told him to report the incident to the Phuket Tourist Police directly, which he did.
Police are now reportedly investigating the incident.