PHUKET, Thailand June 25 (NNN-TNA) --Thai police on Monday arrested two men suspected for last week's robbing and killing an Australian tourist on this southern resort island.
The arrest came after the Thai court issued arrest warrants against the two suspects for allegedly stabbing Michelle Elizabeth Smith, 60, an Australian tourist, during an armed robbery on June 20 in the compound of the Katathani Phuket Beach Resort in Phuket. Ms Smith was fatally stabbed while her companion was severely wounded.
A Bt300,000 reward was announced for information leading to the arrest of the two attackers who appeared on CCTV footage capturing the moment of the attack.
The first suspect allegedly stabbing the victim was identified as Surasak Suwannachote, 26. He fled to Chumphon province after the incident, while the other man, Surin Thatthong, 37, his accomplice who drove the motorcycle for Mr Surasak, fled to Samut Sakorn province.
The two men were charged of attempting to rob others at night with arms, leading to the injuries and death, carrying weapons in the public areas without grounds, as well as jointly killing others.
Phuket police investigator chief Pol Col Wanchai Palawan said Mr Surasak was nabbed in Chumphon while Mr Surin was arrested in Samut Sakorn. Police are tranafering them to face legal action in Phuket. -- NNN-TNA