The Russian man suspected of attacking a Thai woman in a Pattaya exchange booth and making off with nearly 700,000 baht in cash has told police they have got the wrong man.
Nikolay Rybalov, 34, was arrested while attempting to leave Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport with his Russian wife at the weekend.
Earlier Sunee Kaewyu, 30, was assaulted and robbed in the booth on Sukhumvit Road outside the Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien.
The suspect was apprehended within ten hours of the crime.
Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakhan said after a meeting at Na Jomtien police station yesterday that Rybalov “continues to deny everything despite overwhelming evidence”.
He was found in possession of a black bag from the robbery. He said the money – 670,320 baht’s worth of local and US currency – was his.
An associated motorcycle and car were found parked in the airport lot.
Pol Gen Chalermkiat said that the suspect was an ex military man who had come to Thailand a year ago and had failed to find work and seen his savings dwindle as a result.
He said he desperately needed money so that he could take it back to Russia to start over.
Investigations are continuing to see whether his wife was involved.
The suspect will be charged in court in Pattaya on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the owner of the booth Chatchaya Chaiyayongkoon, 33, presented a bouquet to the cops as thanks for their quick work in the case.
She said that Sunee had been hit 13 times and was recovering from facial injuries in a hospital in Sri Racha. – Daily News
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