CHIANG MAI – Four foreigners have been detained by police in Chiang Mai for the assault on a 29 year old fruit stand owner. They have been identified as 22-year-old Nicolas Lidstrom from Sweden, 24-year-old Andrew Nicolas Johnson from Canada, and two Dutchmen Peter Julien and Gareth Estrol.
CityNews reports that 29-year-old Lertnatee Sriwichai who owns a fruit store in Sompet Market in the Sri Phum, awoke to loud sounds coming from his store. When he investigated the noise, he found four tourists, drunk and dancing on his fruit tables.
He shouted at them and chased them away, he then followed the young men to see where they were staying so he could inform the police, upon which time the four men then turned on him and attacked him.
During the attack, 52-year-old Prapat Phuekngam who was walking past, saw the fight and tried to save Lertnatee. However, he was also overcome by the four foreigners and was also attacked.
The four tourists only stopped attacking the two men and escaped the scene when they saw a group of locals rushing to help stop the attack.
Chiang Mai police are investigating further and charges are pending against the young men.