Thai police arrest suspect in Australian’s killingBy AP News Jun 25, 2012 3:25PM UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Police have arrested a Thai suspect in the murder of an Australian woman who was killed on a Thai resort island by a man who stabbed her in a struggle to steal her bag.
Police said Surin Tadthong was arrested Monday outside Bangkok where he is believed to have fled after last Thursday’s murder of 60-year-old Michelle Elizabeth Smith.
Surveillance footage shows Smith walking down a Phuket street when two men passed by on a motorcycle. The man on the backseat jumped off and tried to steal her bag, repeatedly stabbing her when she resisted.
Police Lt. Col Boonlert Ongklang said Surin, a 37-year-old mechanic who lives in Phuket, was suspected to have driven a motorcycle. He said police were still searching for the attacker.