Last night in my apartment block, around 10.30pm, a male of about 30 years old went on a yaba drug rampage.
He came down from his room, threw his laptop through the window of the entrance to the building, ran back upstairs, ripped the security camera out of the landing ceiling and then jumped out the window onto the roof of a car.
He was then restrained and tied up military style by three Thai men, of which one, as seen in the video in the orange shirt, seemed to know him personally. I came downstairs and at first tried to calm him down, asking him what he had taken.
His eyes where popping out of his head and he rambled stuff about his Dad, someone named JD and various other things.
When I first arrived the man in the orange shirt was saying “No one likes you now”. The farang (foreigner in Thai) then spouted something about a Facebook incident and a white-skinned Thai girl.
I got the feeling there was more going on here than simply a “farang gone mad on yaba” for no reason, but whatever the case, he was very high and certainly not in this world.
I was told he had taken Yaba – the Thai crazy drug.
I speculated that he might be mentally ill, but having seen numerous videos of yaba-crazed guys on Thai TV the similarities in behaviour were too apparent to dismiss.
He has only been in the block for a couple of weeks and, up until this point was apparently a model guest.
The management were pretty distressed. They keep a safe-house here; no guests are allowed to stay, 2 to a room maximum, 2 months deposit to move in and strict rules apply about noise. Everyone was very shocked.
The guy was carted off by the police and I haven't a clue what will happen to him. The boss here said to me he will have to pay for all the damage or stay in jail- that is apparently the general rule when it comes to criminal damage.
Here is some footage and stills I managed to get.