Police are hunting for a plumber who can be seen on security footage grabbing a New Zealand woman by the arm and walking her down an alley near the famed Ratchabophit Temple, before he allegedly digitally penetrated her in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Police yesterday obtained an arrest warrant for for Anat Ud-dee, 34, who has been accused of assaulting the tourist, said to be in her 20s, at a construction site where had been working.
The New Zealand national filed a complaint with the police at about 3am on Saturday after she was allegedly assaulted and abandoned by Anat at the construction site, which was an unfinished commercial building located in an alley opposite to the famous tourist attraction.
The woman is traveling in Thailand with her husband, who reunited with her and testified at Samranrat police station when she filed the report, Morning News reported.
Her husband said the pair had been drinking together in the popular backpacker area Khaosan Road before the incident, but because they were both intoxicated, became separated from each other.
The victim took a taxi by herself and was dropped off only about two kilometers from Khaosan Road as she could not communicate with the driver.
The CCTV footage, which has been released to media, shows the chilling moment the woman got out of the taxi at 2:18am. She was sitting alone on a sidewalk and was approached by a man just four minutes later.
The man, who police identified as Anat, can be seen heading into the alley, but then he stops and looks at the New Zealander. He sits down with her before pulling her up by her right arm and leading her into the alley.
The victim said that he then penetrated her with his fingers and left. She then walked out and sought help from patrolling police nearby, who took her to file a report.
The suspect remains at large.
Pol. Col. Kiat Kabbua, the commander of Samranrat Police, said that they have a clue as to where Anat may be hiding.
He added that the suspect had been working at the construction site for about four days prior the incident, doesn’t have a permanent address, and usually sleeps at different construction sites with his workmates.