A man who was earlier thought to be mentally disabled when he was seen wielding an iron pipe and chasing at a student in front of the Royal Thai Police head office on Wednesday (March 21) has allegedly confessed that he is not insane but wanted to rob the female student.
The man, identified by police as Katcharin Klaijam, 39, was arrested by Pathumwan traffic police at Hua Lamphong railway station.
Police said that Mr Katcharin gave confusing statements to the police during the earlier stage of the interrogation. But, later on after being grilled by the police, he admitted that he was fine and he pretended to act like a mentally deranged person when he tried to rob a student, identified as 21-year old Ms Jaruporn Nantakit, hoping that if he was caught and put on trial, he could be given lenient sentence because of his mental problem.
Ms Jaruporn managed to seek help from police at the Royal Thai Police headquarters. She sustained minor injuries.
Police checked with all mental hospitals and did not find the record of Mr Katcharin ever treated there.
Mr Katcharin claimed that he worked as a guard at a university in Buddha Monthon 4 area and was dismissed two days ago. He also claimed that he wanted to see his children, but did not have any money and decided to rob the victim as she was walking alone in front of the Royal Thai Police on Wednesday.
He was detained on charges of attempted robbery and assault.
Police said, however, the man would be sent for medical check up to make sure that he does not have mental problem.