Young Dane robbed at knifepoint by Tuk-Tuk scammers

A 25-year-old Dane was robbed at knifepoint by a Tuk-Tuk driver and two accomplices in a dark alleyway between Sukhumvit Soi 25 and Soi 55 in the early hours of Saturday, 1 March 2014.

The Dane, identified as Morten Krogsholm, hailed a Tuk-Tuk on Sukhumvit near Sukhumvit Soi 25 and asked to be taken to the nearest BTS station around 3 am. The Tuk-Tuk driver took him speeding down a dimly-lit soi and then suddenly hit the brake, causing the unsuspecting Dane to hit his head on the metal partition on the back of the driver’s seat.

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Two men appeared from either side of the vehicle, with one holding a knife at Morten Krogholm’s throat and the other putting the tip of a dagger at his abdomen. Then they demanded the Dane to hand over all valuables, including about THB10,000 in cash, a mobile phone and a camera. They then threw him out of the vehicle into the ground, kicking him three or four times in the ribs.

A shocking experience, as Morten Krogsholm recounted his ordeal to ScandAsia.

“I was really afraid, especially because one of them had a knife close to my throat. Soi 25 is quite a crowded area with lots of bars and tourists, so needles to say, I was surprised and shocked.”

He was going home after a night out having dinner and and drinks with friends, and got into a Tuk-Tuk and asked to be taken BTS Asoke station. The Tuk-Tuk drove in the opposite direction down Sukhumvit Road for just a few hundred meters in the direction of Thonglor before turning down a dark soi and robbed the Dane.

After the incident, Morten Krogsholm went limping out of the soi back out to Sukhumvit road and found a group of policemen out in the street nearby.

“They all pretty much laughed at me, when I told them what had just happened. Surprisingly enough one of them gave me 200 baht, so I could get a taxi home, “ he said.

The day after, Morten told his American neighbour back in the condominium, where he lives, about the robbery.

“And then the exact same thing happened to him the next day. Threatened and robbed at knifepoint by a Tuk-Tuk driver and two accomplices,” he said, adding that the incidents could either be a coincidence or a worrying trend of crimes against foreigners.

On Monday, Morten Krogsholm reported the crime to the Thonglor Police Station, filing his statement so he can get some compensation from his insurance company.

 

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