AN AMERICAN man was arrested in the wee hours of this morning (Oct. 12) on the charges of stabbing three tourists in two areas of Chiang Mai city with one of his victims in serious condition, Sanook.com said late afternoon today.
Police arrested Mr. Brian Andrew Burggraf, 27, American national, at Jed Yot Plaza parking lot at 1 a.m. this morning after being tipped off that a suspect fitting the circulated description was seen out there.
At Chiang Mai police station Burggraf said in a roundabout way that he had to get rid of people who pollute the world regardless of their nationality.
He was charged with intentionally assaulting others with the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai informed of his arrest.
The first incident occurred at 3.30 a.m. on Oct. 11 when a foreigner wearing a long black T-shirt and black shorts started shouting at people in front of a beer bar at Mun Mueang road, Phra Sing subdistrict, Mueang Chiang Mai.
Ms. A (pseudonym), the bar owner, went out to stop him but this annoyed him and he pulled out a pocket knife to stab her.
A Norwegian tourist, who is a regular customer at this beer bar, rushed to help her and was himself stabbed in the left side of his abdomen, with the berserk man then running away.
A first took the injured Norwegian tourist to the hospital then informed the police.
As police hunted for the perpetrator, at 8. 43 p.m. last evening it appears this same foreign man attacked Mr. Erik Jan Oudshoorm, 52, from the Netherlands, as he was walking past Smoke House restaurant on Chaiyapoom Road, with his son, Mr. Colin Mike Oudshoorm, 20.
The perpetrator used a small folding knife to stab Erik on his neck and back and then ran off. The father and son chased him but upon catching up Colin was slashed on his forearm with their attacker able to get away again.
The suspect being arrested, above, and questioned at Chiang Mai police station, Front Page. Both photos: Sanook.com