A LITHUANIAN woman holidaying in Kanachanburi fought off attempted rape by a park employee who had befriended her during a trip to Erawan Falls with police quickly arresting and charging the suspect with the crime, MNG online said today (June 2).
Pol. Maj Pakornkiat Chinthet, an inspector at Si Sawat police station, said at 12.14 p.m. yesterday Kanchanaburi Tourist Police brought Mrs. Evilita Grabauskabauskaite, 27, to report that at 4.40 p.m. the day before she had fought off an attempted rape at Erawan Falls. The Tourist Police had brought an interpreter along and the Lithuanian woman submitted a video clip as evidence.
Police then coordinated with Erawan National Park Chief Mr. Prawat Phuangthong and a little later the park employee, Mr. Pramote Khongkham, 24, came to the police station to acknowledge charges of committing indecent acts and using force to intentionally harm others.
Police searched his house and found the clothes he wore when committing the crime and seized his motorcycle.
The Lithuanian woman had rented a motorcycle downtown Kanchanaburi and rode to Erawan Falls. However as it was closed she rode back to town and along the way met Pramote by chance, police said.
The suspect befriended her by using Google Translate service to communicate and then told her he knew of a shortcut to the falls. Thinking that he was trustworthy, she rode along with him to visit the falls via this short route.
Soon after they had parked their motorcycles near a waste pit and walked 300 metres to a grove he tried to rape her but she managed to fight him off then ran to her motorcycle and rode off after which sought help from some local residents.
The video clip she had submitted shows the suspect from the back and it did not take police long to track him down.
The Lithuanian woman and the attempted rape suspect. Photos: MNG Online