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Dashawn Longfellow, 23: Stabbed to death after a fight in a bar

Phuket Manhunt for Expat Killer: Englishman Knifes American to Death After Fight in Bar

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Today's Updating Report: Photo Album Above

AN ENGLISHMAN and an American fell out and fought a drunken brawl at a bar on Phuket early today - and the Englishman, dressed in a black shirt and black shorts, later stabbed the American to death.

A manhunt is now being conducted on the tropical holiday island for the killer, who is on the run and possibly dangerous. All resorts, hotels, guesthouses and apartment blocks are being checked one by one in the search for the fugitive.

The wanted man has a tattoo, 'Muay Thai,' on his right thigh. He was last seen riding a Honda Click motorcycle.

Police named the dead American man today as Dashawn Longfellow, 23. Officers say they know the English suspect only as ''Mr Lee.''

Police say the killer bought two cheap fruit knives from a 7-Eleven store nearby, opposite Nikita's restaurant in Rawai, southern Phuket, then went hunting his victim.

A security camera still shot of the alleged murderer is in the Photo Album above.

In the first accounts of what took place, officers say the two men, both muay Thai kickboxing exponents, met for the first time when they both went to the toilet at the Freedom Bar, a well-known haunt for expats in Rawai.

In the toilet, police say other patrons in the bar told them, the American bragged about his strength, without knowing that the Englishman was also a muay Thai exponent.

The two engaged in a drunken fight and the American won. Police said that about 4.30am, the American left the bar and rode his motorcycle home to his 15,000 baht a month apartment at Ya Nui Resort II, about two kilometres from the bar, in a quiet part of the island.

About 5am, police believe, the Englishman caught up with the American in the bedroom of the American's apartment at the resort and stabbed the American twice. Officers later found a blood-stained fruit knife, discarded 300 metres away.

Police across the whole of Phuket are hunting for the Englishman. Phuket International Airport and the Tachatchai checkpoint before the only road exit off Phuket were said to be under tight security. Checks are also likely to be made of vessels leaving Phuket by sea.

An employee at the apartment resort - Ya Nui Resort II, which also goes by the name of Paradise Beach - said Mr Longfellow had been at the resort for one month and intended to stay there for two more months. ''He was quiet, a nice boy,'' she said.

Mr Longfellow was killed in his apartment bedroom, she said. He did not lock the door. There was no reception area for guests to pass on the way to their apartments.

Bars on Phuket are supposed to close at 2am but there is a tacit understanding in some parts of the island that holidaymakers and expat residents can drink on until much later.

Rawai is noted for its slightly Bohemian edge. It's a beach without really having a sandy stretch worthy of the name, although Thais do enjoy picnicking there when the tide is out.

In the casual Rawai tradition, Nikita's restaurant and bar has operated for almost 20 years until recently by serving meals cooked in a neighboring establishment.

Another expat American, former US Navy officer Ronald Fanelli, faces a murder charge over the killing of a Phuket bar hostess earlier this year. He has admitted to stabbing her twice and stuffing her naked body into a travel bag that he dumped by an isolated roadway.

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@In the toilet, police say other patrons in the bar told them, the American bragged about his strength, without knowing that the Englishman was also a muay Thai exponent.
The two engaged in a drunken fight and the American won. Police said that about 4.30am, the American left the bar and rode his motorcycle to the Ya Nui Resort, in a quiet part of the island.
I am wondering why a bar in Rawai is open at 04h30 early in the morning.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on August 14, 2010 10:39

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Too much testosterone at Freedom, RIP Dashawn. Why is Nikita's mentioned when it had nothing to do with the incident?

Posted by Why? on August 14, 2010 10:56

Editor Comment:

Because it's close by and, for those who don't know Phuket well, a point of reference for where the Freedom Bar is located and the casual nature of Rawai.

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"Bars on Phuket are supposed to close at 2am but there is a tacit understanding in some parts of the island that holidaymakers and expat residents can drink on until much later."

Only if the Bar Owner makes a monthly donation to the local constabulary.

Posted by Whispering Jack on August 14, 2010 11:41

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Yes too much testosterone at the Freedom Bar. I too wonder why Nikita's is mentioned even though they are only 100 metres apart, they are in a different world

Posted by Michael on August 14, 2010 11:42

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Phuket is full of different worlds, and different dreams.

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This is so so sad. Condolences to this young man's family! Do the police have a sketch of the killer? A description? How do they know he is English?

Posted by VFaye on August 14, 2010 12:36

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Is there going to be an update on this with a drawing of the Englishman?

Posted by Lee on August 14, 2010 13:51

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Only if a drawing is produced by someone. The FBI and Scotland Yard don't seem to be here yet.

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I agree, you name dropped Nikita's like an ad. It changed the subject significantly.

As far as Freedom Bar goes, no comment, if you live here you already know the deal, if you don't, just skip the place, it's no loss.

Posted by JingJing on August 14, 2010 14:10

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This is not a debate about ad placements, JingJing. A young man is dead. Why not express just a little concern instead of mindless point-scoring?

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"Only if a drawing is produced by someone. The FBI and Scotland Yard don't seem to be here yet."

Lee is not an unknown person, its not an odd request that a photo or composite of him be produced as he's on the run on the island.

Posted by LivinLOS on August 14, 2010 14:14

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Why do you have to mention Ronald Fanelli, what does he have to do with this story, you might as well mention every American or every murder since 1980

Posted by Phuket on August 14, 2010 14:18

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It's the second killing by an expat on Phuket in a short space of time, Phuket. First victim, a naked bar girl, and now, it appears, another expat. The relevance is the shocking spate of violent crimes committed by expats.

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Kind of offshot there Alan, there was a drawing for the American that killed the Thai lady. I was just asking for a drawing, I have a kickboxing gym near my house and see those people regularly. Didn't think we needed Scotland Yard here for a drawing, if he was at the bar and people seen him, enough to know it was him that had the fight at the bar, not sure how it was determined that he went to the resort, but someone can come up with a drawing, or don't Police do that here for westerner on westerner killings? Maybe no one offering up enough money this time... Condolences to the family!

Posted by Lee on August 14, 2010 14:25

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I am sure police will be working on a full description. Under Thai law, all people are equal before the law, whatever their background. You always seem determined to highlight the differences.

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@LivinLOS, thanks. I didn't think an odd request for those that do not live in Rawai. If a manhunt is on, should the sketch or description be listed, that would make sense and make more people aware of the situation.

Posted by Lee on August 14, 2010 15:12

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@Editor, all I asked for is a drawing of the person. You made the FBI and Scotlard Yard comment. You keep thinking that equal under the law thing.

Posted by Lee on August 14, 2010 15:23

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Let's let the police do their job. I am sure they will have a picture drawn if they can't find a photograph.

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My name is Lee, and I have a tattoo on my left leg, I have red hair, Grey and red, :( cut kind of short, if you would like to send police over, not a problem. I can certainly verify who I am. Trying to help. PM for an address.

Posted by Lee on August 14, 2010 17:01

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Lee is well known and from Manchester, England. Muay Thai tolerates too much violence and no discipline, unlike other martial arts. They will catch Lee, I'm sure of it. I don't hang at Freedom, but know its reputation. The place is not the problem. This guy has been running around making threats for some time. Now everyone can see he's serious and it took a life to make someone listen. I've let the proper people know his info, so let's see what happens next.

Posted by Anonymous on August 14, 2010 18:31

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Lee, we hope you rot in hell

Posted by Greetings from Sweden on August 14, 2010 20:30

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You got him in your own paper
http://phuketwan.com/tourism/phuket-hit-run-driver-downs-american-flees-12406/

Posted by southbound on August 14, 2010 23:34

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can the police or phuketwan upload a picture of lee so everyone can see and see the offender. So we can catch him

Posted by Anonymous on August 14, 2010 23:44

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Yup... There is a nice pic of him in this very paper from a previous 'hit n run' article..

Why can't you print this again in relation to this story, that way we can all be on the look out.. Maybe it wasn't him but at least he can come in for a chat !!!

Posted by Carlos on August 15, 2010 09:28

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I knew Dashawn and I want to say what a nice guy he was. Very polite and always a kind word. I know he'll be missed by a lot of people including his family. My thoughts are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

The face of Phuket and Thailand continues to go downhill.

Posted by Graham on August 15, 2010 14:01

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That person in the photo PW is now running as the wanted man (in another article) was prev. captioned as, "American run over by truck."
So is PW posting the pic of American former victim now as the wanted
killer ?
But wasn't the American killed by an English person?

Confused

Posted by Confused on August 19, 2010 10:48

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Lee Aldhouse told the police back in April, when the hit-run incident took place, that he was American, hence the confusion. We will ask him why he preferred not to be English, one of these days. DaShawn Longfellow was allegedly killed by an English kickboxer, ''Mr Lee.''

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What is the current status of this, could not PhuketWan post his pictures on a special page so people could look at them since I bet there is tons of people want to catch this person and if we can see his face everyday, I'll remember him if i pump into him and it will be harder for him to hide on the island (if he is still here)

Posted by Anders on August 24, 2010 06:18

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A picture of Lee, together with details of his identifiable features (tattoos) would be useful. I'm not in Phuket right now, but in one of the neighboring countries where Lee might have fled to. The more eyes that are on the look out for this man, the better. - Simon

Posted by Simon Luttrell on August 24, 2010 13:32

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another news source has stated from inside information that lee is no longer in thailand, but in Loas or malaysia, can phuketwan clarify on this.

Posted by bob on August 24, 2010 17:05

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We don't know where he is. If that source can say with certainty that he is no longer in Thailand, then they probably should pass on the information they have to the police.

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Hi Editor

the news soruce is here, maybe you can get in contact with them

http://www.sundaymercury.net/news/midlands-news/2010/08/21/birmingham-kickboxer-murder-suspect-could-be-in-laos-66331-27111049/

Posted by bob on August 25, 2010 09:50

Editor Comment:

Yes, it's an article based on guesswork and supposition.


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