On July 17th veteran musician Bruce Gaston and well known Expat in Thailand was mugged by a group of Young Thai men at night while he was walking home from the Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok Thailand.
The muggers made off with Bruce’s Iphone, and backpack which also had his passport as well as other important papers of his. This is not before beating the 65y/o man to a puple. Mr. Gaston required that he have 33 stiches to his face (see photo below) as well he’ll require dental work to a number of teeth that were almost knocked out. Bruce is such a good guy though he doesn’t even hold a grudge to the guys that did it to him. Police were able to trace the whereabouts of the attacking gang through the GPS system of the iPhone which they had not switched off, and the signals led the police to a deserted plot in Bangrak where they found traces of drugs.
Mr. Bruce Gaston is a 65 year old American musician who has been living in Thailand for more than 30 years is the founder of the “Fong Nam” (sponge) band, which is a well known band that blends western music with Thai classical music. Mr. Gaston has received the “Silpathorn award” for his contribution to Thai culture in July 2009.
Metropolitan police chief Maj-General Chakthip Chaijinda confirmed that three men named Anant Paleebatr, 38; Navapon Leepad, 19; and Attapong Sakulnee, 27; were now under police custody.
These three men allegedly confessed that they were part of a group of seven who rode around the city on motorcycles looking for victims. They snatched Gaston’s bag at the BTS station and were later traced back to a house in Pattanakarn Soi 25.
Police said this group trawled Sukhumvit, Chan, Charoenkrung, Pattanakarn, Srinakarin, Lad Phrao and Ramkhamhaeng roads looking for victims. People who have encountered this group of suspects can go to Klong Tan police station to get their belongings.