BANGKOK (AP) — Police arrested two Thai suspects in the slaying of an Australian woman who was stabbed to death when she resisted an attempt by two men on a motorcycle to snatch her bag on Thailand's resort island of Phuket.
One of the men, identified as the attacker who slashed 60-year-old Michelle Elizabeth Smith, was arrested Monday in the southern province of Chumphon, and another man identified as motorcycle driver was arrested Sunday on the outskirts of Bangkok, police said.
Surveillance footage shows Smith walking down a Phuket street last Wednesday when the two suspects passed on a motorcycle. The man on the back seat jumped off and tried to steal her bag, repeatedly stabbing her when she resisted.
The suspected slasher, Surasak Suwannachote, 26, was arrested Monday in Chumphon province, national police chief Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong said. The suspected driver, Surin Tabthong, 37, was arrested Sunday in Samut Sakhon province, just outside Bangkok, police Lt. Col. Boonlert Ongklang said.
Police have found the clothing that the alleged attacker wore on the night of the attack, Prewpan told reporters.