A Russian man described as “erratic” by eyewitnesses has been hospitalised after breaking into the Phuket governor’s office and then trying to steal a motorbike.
The Phuket Express reports that the Russian broke into Governor Sophon Suwannarat’s office at the Phuket Provincial Hall in the early hours of yesterday morning, January 17.
According to the report, a security guard told the authorities that at around 2am, he found a shirtless foreign man hiding on the first floor of the building. When the guard tried to catch him, the foreigner fled to an upper floor. The security guard then called the police, who arrived at the scene but were unable to find the Russian.
At around 4.30am, police heard the sound of breaking glass, yet still failed to find the foreigner. Later that morning, a housekeeper noticed the glass door to the governor’s office had been smashed and there was blood on the floor. A blood-spattered hammer was found under the secretary’s desk.
Later again, local residents alerted Phuket City Police that an “erratic” foreigner, shirtless, barefoot, and covered in blood, was trying to steal a motorbike that was parked in front of a convenience store near the Phuket Provincial Hall.
Police arrested the man, who was described as “extremely uncooperative”, and transported him to a local hospital.
The authorities believe the unnamed 24 year old may be experiencing mental health issues or was under the influence of drugs. The incident comes days after a Ukrainian man was detained after having a mental breakdown at Patong Police Station.
Following hospital treatment, police say the man is expected to be charged with multiple offences and faces possible deportation following any prison time he may serve.
SOURCE: The Phuket Express