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The American named as Eric Robert, accused of firing a .38 from a car

American Accused of Firing .38 While Driving on Phuket

Monday, January 21, 2013
PHUKET: Residents along a main road on Phuket said they saw an American firing a gun into the air as he drove a car at the weekend, police said today.

The man, whose name was given as Eric Robert, 33, fired the handgun as he drove a Honda Jazz from Rawai in southern Phuket to Chalong Circle about 5am on Saturday, officers said.

He was stopped by police at Chalong Circle following the reports from residents. A search of the car uncovered a .38 handgun and 49 bullets, officers said.

The American admitted that he rented the legally-registered gun from a Thai man for 60,000 baht but denied firing it into the air.

Chalong police took the man to court on Saturday and took him to Phuket Provincial Court in Phuket City for a second interview today.

The handgun has been sent to be examined by forensics experts in Bangkok to determine whether it had been fired recently.

The American, who has a job on a ship and an Indonesian wife, has been charged with carrying a weapon in a public area and with firing it in public.

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2000 usd for renting a gun - for what?
please contact him, he can rent my car for a billion

Posted by steven on January 21, 2013 21:14

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it may be legally registered but not to be rented the owner should also be facing charges and have any rights to owning a gun taken away

Posted by Michael on January 22, 2013 08:41

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But every American has the right to bare arms....
(And discharge them in a foreign country.)

Posted by Hugh Jarse on January 22, 2013 10:27

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Where else, in the world, would you see a pistol and live ammo, place in front of the arrested person.

Posted by Reader on January 23, 2013 17:22

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If he didn't fire it, then how did he get caught?
I'm glad he's of the street. What movie did he think he was in?

Posted by Tinkerbell on January 23, 2013 22:17

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@Hugh Jarse, eveyone one, and I mean everyone, has the right o bare arms, but do not have the right to bear arms. 555

Posted by Reader on January 24, 2013 07:58

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Agree @Reader. "Bear " arms are not really a good look.Though the fur can cover those unsightly tattoos.

Posted by Hugh Jarse on January 24, 2013 11:50


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