Bangkok — Thai police will issue an arrest warrant tomorrow for a suspect who allegedly drugged and robbed a 69-year-old woman at Ramathibodi Hospital, one of at least three separate incidents that have occurred in Bangkok hospitals this month, according to Thai media reports.
The Ramathibodi suspect was caught on security camera footage, and is an approximately 160cm-tall male who was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and jeans at the time of the attack, whose nose and mouth were covered.
Police investigations revealed that he used the colorless and odorless sedative Xylazine, which is commonly used by veterinarians to sedate animals. The drug carries a high risk of overdose and death if wrongly administered to humans, said Pol Col Saman Rodkamnerd.
The suspect fled with the woman’s Bt12,000 cell phone and Bt2,000 in cash in the October 4 robbery. A similar incident occurred at Priest Hospital on March 20, but police could not yet confirm if it was the same robber.
Police said at least three people have been robbed in this manner at Ramathibodi, Priest and Rajavithi hospitals since the beginning of this month.
Ramathibodi Hospital issued an announcement warning patients and visitors of a gang at large pretending to be medical staff, with the intention of stealing their valuables. They urged people not to receive food or water from any strangers, and not to leave their food or drink unattended.