Shocking moment British tourist ‘attacks tuk-tuk driver after his group of friends crashed into the local’s vehicle and surrounded him’ in Thailand
- Video appears to show Jack Hoban punching tuk-tuk driver on island of Phuket
This is the shocking moment a British tourist allegedly attacked a tuk-tuk driver in Thailand after his group of friends crashed into the local’s vehicle.
Video appears to show Jack Hoban, from Manchester, punching Armin Longklang on Phuket island during an argument over the alleged crash which saw the Briton’s friends surrounding the local.
Hoban had been riding a rented scooter with a group of friends when one of them is said to have crashed into Longklang’s tuk-tuk on Tuesday night.
The Britons began arguing with Longkland before Hoban allegedly leapt up from his moped and punched the local twice.
Video reportedly shows Hoban, wearing a black shirt, lunging forwards and punching Longkland with a powerful left and right hook to his body.
Video appears to show Jack Hoban, from Manchester, punching the driver Armin Longklang on the island of Phuket during an argument over the alleged crash which saw the Briton’s friends surrounding the local
Hoban and his friends were then seen racing back to their mopeds before trying to flee the scene. At one point, as Hoban is trying to flee, a local attempts to punch him and stop him from escaping (right)
Hoban and his friends were then seen racing back to their mopeds before trying to flee the scene.
At one point, as Hoban is trying to flee, a local attempts to punch him and stop him from escaping.
But the Briton and his friends were all able to flee the scene as furious locals tried to run after them in chaotic scenes.
Local police have now arrested Hoban on suspicion of attacking the tuk-tuk driver.
An investigating officer said: ‘We tracked down the tourist and identified him as Jack Mark Paul Hoban. We went to his hotel address and took him into custody.’
Tuk-tuk-driver Armin complained to the police about the alleged attack.
Local police have now arrested Hoban (left) on suspicion of attacking the tuk-tuk driver
Hoban (left) speaks to an investigating officer following the fight on the island in Phuket
Pictured: Police speak to tourists as they searched for Hoban. The Briton has since been arrested
He was joined by another local and taxi driver Khun Adisak, who also filed a complaint with the police that the British rider harassed them during a road rage incident on the same night.
Speaking with police, Adisak said: ‘I was waiting for a passenger outside a nightclub. He parked his motorcycle right in front of my taxi so I honked in response.
‘But he was enraged and gestured with the middle finger on me.’
The taxi driver allegedly answered the British man with the middle finger before the furious foreigner banged on his door and fled.
After reviewing footage and CCTV around the area, Paul was later identified and caught by police in front of a hotel on Wednesday, where he allegedly attempted to escape but to no avail.
Officers asked to check his passport but tried to walk away, but the police followed and arrested him.
The British tourist was taken to Patong Police Station where the drivers positively identified him, and pointed at him in the police pictures.
Paul was held in custody while investigations on the incident are ongoing.
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