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Pattaya Rape Suspect Rearrested After Victim Gives Statement

Accused rapist Kantheepob Thanachotsomboon, 37, acknowledges charges against him at Nongprue Police Station Monday.
Accused rapist Kantheepob Thanachotsomboon, 37, acknowledges charges against him at Nongprue Police Station Monday.

Police rearrested a man accused of trying to rape a Russian jogger after they finally got a statement from the victim.

Kantheepob Thanachotsomboon, 37, was set free Saturday after police said an arrest warrant couldn’t be issued without a complaint from the victim, Elena Zyalkova, who had yet to give her statement to Nongprue Subdistrict police.

She did so on Monday. Police said Zyalkova, 38, identified Kantheepob as her attacker, who, while she was jogging May 18 around Mabprachan Reservoir, approached her from behind and tried to drag her into the woods to rape her.

But Zyalkova said she fought Kantheepob off and smashed his face with a rock before running away and calling for help.

Kantheepob was brought in again on Monday and rearrested. He was charged with assault, sexual abuse and false imprisonment.

While police said Kantheepob initially confessed, on Monday he admitted only to the assault but denied the attempted rape and kidnapping.

In the initial confession, Kantheepob claimed he stressed about family and debt issues and took out his frustration on the expat.