Sombut Atiset, who runs the popular five-star Katathani Beach Resort, told a media conference this afernoon that Phuket's undermanned police force needed all the help they could muster.
''We must catch these men. I am prepared to pay for witnesses to fly back from Australia to Phuket if it will help to convict these evil killers,'' he said.
Perth travel agent Michelle Smith, walking back to the resort from dinner, was cut in the heart at 10.30pm last night by a pair of bag-snatching motorcycle riders who sped off empty handed and left her dying in the street.
The police hunt for the killers is intensifying, police told this afternoon's media conference at the resort, with details of what they were wearing when riding the dark blue Honda Dream being circulated widely.
Nothing was said about the weapon, which appeared capable of inflicting deep, sharp wounds, similar to a scalpel.
Mr Sombut said his resort, which is one of the most popular on Phuket all year long, with occupancy usually above 90 percent, had 110 security cameras on the inside and eight more covering the road outside.
The resort also employs 23 security guards. Mr Sombut - who rushed to the resort to see for himself when tragedy arrived unexpectedly last night - said Phuket resort owners needed genuine security guards, not people just filling a uniform.
''We deeply regret this sad event and we will work even harder to make sure it is never repeated,'' he said.
''Police may even need cash from resorts to give them better equipment and more officers. If that is the case, I am prepared to give.''
Chalong Police Superintendent Colonel Sirisak Wasasiri, who is leading the investigation, said police were now checking other security cameras in the Kata-Karon region, south of Patong, and were hopeful of early arrests in the case.