Phuket gun- toting road-rage teens arrested

From the Phuket News:

PHUKET: Two teens involved in a road rage incident on bypass road yesterday (Oct 26) during which one of them threatened a car driver with a homemade handgun were arrested today (Oct 27) after the victim went to police and filed a complaint.

Phuket City Police held a press conference at 2:30pm today to announce the arrest of two Phuket teenagers seen on camera footage threatening a vehicle driver with a gun whilst driving on Charlearm Prakiet Rd near the Samkong underpass yesterday. (See story here)

Both boys are aged 17 and were named only as A and B at the press conference. Police said that they had seized a Thai Pradit pistol and a Honda Click from them.

The arrest of the two came after a video clip of the incident was posted on Facebook and went viral, and the victim, Weerachon Chuykhao filed a complaint at Phuket City Police Station.

Pol Lt Col Somsak Thongkleang who carried out the arrest said, “Having clearly been able to view the licence plate of the motorbike in the video led us to the first boy A who was found in a rented home in Moo 2 Kathu.

“A was the passenger on the motorbike who was seen pointing the gun at the driver on the video.

“Upon arrival at the house we found A at the front door and discovered a Honda Click without a licence plate parked nearby. A was arrested last year for illegal road racing,” said Lt Col Somsak.

“A admitted to police that he and B were involved in the incident and panicked after the video went viral. They decided to remove the licence plate and at hid it under the seat. They threw the gun away in bushes near a canal behind the Komaraphat Community where B lives.”

“We were able to apprehended B at his house in the Komaraphat Community,” Lt Col Somsak explained.

A told police that Mr Weerachon was driving behind them on bypass rd and flashed his lights at them asking them to move over to let the vehicle pass. A said they moved to the side to let the vehicle pass, but Weerachon frowned and cursed them.

He then told B to speed up to catch up with Mr Weerachon and when they had he pulled out the gun and threatened the driver with it. When Mr Weerachon stopped his vehicle they sped away, A commented in his police statement.

A and B are now being held at Phuket City Police Station where they have been charged with carrying firearms in a public place and threatening others with a deadly weapon.