Ex-cons attack, rob couple

Ex-cons attack, rob couple

Police have taken two former convicts to a crime re-enactment for allegedly robbing and attacking a Canadian man and his Thai girlfriend in downtown Chumphon last Wednesday.

Yutthana Chumworathayee, 36, and Sarayut Kerat, 34, were taken for the re-enactment in two locations in central Chumphon municipality yesterday after they were apprehended in Ban Mab Amarit of Muang district on Monday.

The men, released from jail for theft last year, were charged with robbing and assaulting Phillip Sulivan, 68, and his Thai girlfriend, Ging Kulkaew, 49, outside a building on Tha Tapao Road in downtown Muang district.

Local police found the Canadian man outside the building with slash wounds to his right wrist and neck. Ms Ging suffered heavy bruises to her body. Police said the attackers had also taken 2,000 baht in cash and a mobile phone from the couple.

Police reviewed footage of surveillance cameras in the area. When they arrested the suspects on Monday in Ban Mab Amarait they seized as evidence a pickup truck believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle and the suspected stolen mobile phone.

Police said the suspects admitted robbing and attacking the couple. They had waited in the pickup outside a restaurant where the couple had dined and followed them.

Checks of police records found the men had allegedly committed a prior robbery in Pathiu district, also in Chumphon, on Jan 30, and again in Ban Mab Amarit only two days before they robbed the couple.

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