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Russian Arrested for Serial Thefts of Doi Suthep Campers in Chiang Mai

The unidentified Russian is subdued by Doi Suthep park police Saturday.
The unidentified Russian is subdued by Doi Suthep park police Saturday.

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park police on Sunday arrested a Russian man who allegedly has been robbing tourists at the Chiang Mai mountain campground for the past three months.

The unidentified 32-year-old man was spotted about 3 a.m. in the Suan Son campground. He ran after spotting the patrol officer, who gave chase and tackled the suspect.

The two fought, with the suspect allegedly stabbing the officer in the neck and face with a pair of scissors. The suspect suffered back and head injuries as he was subdued by backup officers.

Thai tourists at Doi Suthep have complained for months that they’ve awoken to find their property missing. The national park has stepped up patrols in recent weeks, with officials expressing surprise to find the alleged culprit was a foreign expat.