Po­lice ar­rest four ‘free runners’ af­ter stunts in Bangkok

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

Po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter­noon ap­pre­hended four young men who had filmed them­selves per­form­ing a “free-run­ning” show by jump­ing and run­ning on the hoods of ve­hi­cles stuck in Bangkok traf­fic.

The four “Youtu­bers” - iden­ti­fied as Suphot Sakobkaew, 20, Wan­chalerm Premkasem, 19 and two other boys aged 18 and 16 (names with­held due to their age) - were ar­rested from a com­puter game cafe in Sa­mut Prakan's Phraek Sa area. Each of them was fined Bt1,000 for each stunt in Thong Lor and Lumphini precincts, for caus­ing a pub­lic dis­tur­bance.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Pol Gen­eral Chalermkiart Sri­worakhan, deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner gen­eral, had or­dered Metropoli­tan Po­lice chief Pol Lt-Gen­eral Charn­thep Se­sawej to lo­cate and in­ves­ti­gate the four “Youtu­bers”af­ter Face­book user Wan­chalerm Per­masem on Wednesday shared a YouTube clip of the four to crit­i­cise them for their “in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion”.

The four were ap­par­ently seek­ing YouTube fame by shoot­ing clips of them­selves free run­ning in var­i­ous places and then edit­ing and join­ing the clips.

Among other things, they were seen slid­ing down an es­ca­la­tor rail, jump­ing on the roof of a sub­way sta­tion, jump­ing on a side­walk fence, as well as jump­ing on and run­ning along the hoods of ve­hi­cles stuck in traf­fic.

Most Face­book users crit­i­cised them for caus­ing a nui­sance and dam­ag­ing other peo­ple's cars.

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