Thai Police Probe American Tourists Claims of Attempted Rape and Kidnapping by Man in Police Uniform
BANGKOK – Deputy national police spokesman Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen told the media yesterday that police were working to verify a report by a US media outlet about an American woman being drugged, kidnapped and almost raped while holidaying in Thailand.
Alex Fairfield, 26, from Ravenna, told Michiganâ€™s Fox 17 News that she was in a bar in Bangkok with a friend when she began feeling lightheaded and unwell, saying the last thing I remembers was my friend leaving for the washroom.Â When I woke up, I found myself in a windowless room, bound by restraints and on a mattress on the floor.
It wasn’t till a man dressed in a police uniform came into the room and attempted to rape me that I came to my senses.
Ms Fairfield told Fox 17 News she was able to escape from her attacker, jumping from a balcony and then hide in some bushes for sixÂ hours until she could get a taxi back to her hotel.
MsÂ Fairfield flew from Thailand on Tuesday without reporting the incident to the Thai police, Fox 17 said. She was afraid she might see her kidnapper again, according to her family.
Officials at the US Embassy in Thailand admitted they could not do much without a police report.
Pol Col Kritsana said police were checking Fairfieldâ€™s record with the Immigration Bureau and trying to find out where and if the attack took place.
Anyone found involved in the crime against the American tourist, regardless of whether they are a police officer or a civilian, would be held accountable, he said, adding he would update the progress in the case later.
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