American Surrenders to Thai Police After Australian Man Beaten to Death in Pattaya

The American man detained by police has been identified as 43-year-old New Yorker Jose Manuel Polanco Jr.

PATTAYA – An American national has surrendered to police after a 43-year-old Australian man died following a bar fight at a seaside resort in southern Thailand.

Benjamin Robb, from Newport in Victoria, became involved in a drunken brawl at the Ruby Club in Pattaya, 150 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, last Friday evening.

Thai media reports said the fight was between Mr Robb and an unnamed American, said to be about 30 years old.

Mr Robb was reported to have been acting aggressively towards the American and other staff at the bar before the altercation occurred.

The Australian sustained major injuries to his head and upper body before being knocked unconscious.

The American initially fled the scene but later turned himself over to Thai police.

Mr Robb was reported to have been thrown across the bar and later sustained repeated kicks to the head…

Original published: 2018-02-12 20:07:49 Read the full Bangkok News here

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