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The Nap Resort, close to where the attempted abduction took place

Phuket Attack: Japanese Tourist, Resort Staff Save Aussie in Rape Bid

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
PHUKET: Resort staff and a Japanese tourist saved an Australian woman from a man who tried to drag her into a vehicle on Phuket today.

Police in Patong believe the man would have raped the 23-year-old Aussie tourist if he had succeeded in getting her into his Toyota Vigo pickup.

The woman's desperate cries for help brought bellboy Panpong Srisamai from the Nap Resort and Piyanutsara Perhat, who was nearby, close to Patong's beach road, at 4am.

But it was the physical intervention of Japanese tourist Takahiro Maruyama, 26, that prevented the woman from being abducted.

Mr Maruyama suffered a cut that later needed stitches and a black eye, police said, but he and the others managed to subdue the woman's attacker and hold him until police arrived.

Police at Kathu station, which oversees Patong, were holding Kagornsak Rungrang, of Ranong, for attempted rape.

Officers said Khun Kagornsak saw the Australian tourist out walking alone at 4am and decided to pounce.

Management at The Nap said today that Mr Maruyama was resting after treatment at Patong Hospital. He planned to leave Phuket tomorrow, as scheduled.

Today's attack took place in a poorly lit part of Patong, near a construction site, where there are no security cameras.

The incident follows rising concern about violence committed on tourists on Phuket and the ''cry rape'' case last month of Australian tourist Stevie Bamford who lied about being attacked by a tuk-tuk driver for fear her boyfriend would react angrily when she stayed out late.


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Rape is in most cases legally difficult to prove, however from your story what is clear is kidnapping, assault, taking a person's freedom away etc. This guy should go to jail for a long time as clearly he is a danger to the public and will most likely do this again. Can PW follow up on what punishment he gets.

Posted by FarangInPhuket on July 4, 2012 13:46


My heroes of the week:
Kudos to Khun Panpong and Khun Takahiro.

Posted by Lena on July 4, 2012 17:41


Excellent work from Takahiro Maruyama, a very brave young man, I hope he was duly thanked for being such a good Samaritan. Lock the offender up.

Posted by Anonymous on July 5, 2012 10:01


All my prayers and best wishes goes to Mr. Maruyama. The world needs more heroes like him and Phuket is a good place to start. Hope we can get an update on him

Posted by silver surfer on July 5, 2012 10:44

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