Pol Lt Songpol Bunchai, a duty officer at the Ao Nang police station said the attacker identified as Apai Ruengvorn, 28, tried molesting her twice, once at the top of the cliff and again after she fell onto the rocks below on Thursday, Sept. 1.
“Officials received a call reporting that a tourist had been injured after she had fallen down a mountain in the Railay area,” Krabi Tourist Rescue Centre Director Nitiphat Mongkolpradit explained.
“Rescue workers were searching for her last night, but they could not find her, so this morning we went out to search again and discovered her lying in between rocks about 45 metres from the trail at the top of the mountain. She was only 15 metres from the water below,” he added.
“Last night, park officials, Railay residents and people from the local cliff climbing club, all led led by park officer Boonnam Chuyradom, went to look for the victim. They found one man, later identified as Apai Raingworn, who admitted that he became aroused and made sexual advances toward a tourist while taking her from Railay to Tonsai,” he said.
Apai told officers that the woman panicked and ran away, causing her to fall down the mountain, Chief Sarayuth explained. The suspect was arrested on Friday after admitting to the crime. No charge have been filed as of yet, as police are waiting to question the victim, Col Piyapong told the media.