Two Beggars Arrested for Extortion
CityNews – Police arrest two beggars for extortion after they are identified for asking for money and refusing food by a local hotel owner.
A hotel owner posted on Facebook telling a story of his encounter with two beggars on the roadside of Srijundon Road, in Chang Klan. On the night of August 1st, two drunken beggars approached him asking for money. They claimed that they have recently been released from prison, had no money and were starving. The hotel owner said that he denied giving the money but made them pad thai instead. However, the two only ate little before throwing pad thai away, and said to him that they wanted money not food. Eventually, the hotel owner asked them to leave his property.
The post went viral in the local area and officers at Muang Chiang Mai Police Station decided to open a case against the two homeless men. Police managed to track down the men and on August 5th near Wat Lam Chang. Police stated that they appeared to have been drinking. After a background check, police revealed that both of them have been arrested for drugs, one was recently released this month and another has been released for four years.
They have now been imprisoned for extortion.
Another beggar located at Chiang Mai Gate Market has been reported to police for terrifying passersby. However, there is no investigation into this case yet.