Family and friends of a young American woman who claims she was abducted from a bar in Thailand by a group of men in uniform while her college roommate was at the bathroom have raised almost $8,000 via a gofundme page to fly her home to safety.
The problem is Alex Fairfield’s story told via fox17online.com and the fundraising page has more holes in it than a golf course.
I’m not saying the young woman is lying, just the story, if true, lacks many important details and for me doesn’t add up.
Perhaps it’s best you read the appeal for help first while I find myself a spade to do a bit of digging.
Alex was kidnapped by a group of people in Thailand. They waited for her college roommate, Joe, to leave for the bathroom and took her and threw her in a car.
She woke up in a windowless apartment with a bare mattress on the floor and her arms tied. She was still clothed and able to fight off her attacker, who was in uniform, and escape.
After jumping off a balcony she tried getting help from several people. They would not help her so she hid in the bushes and was able to conceal herself for 6-7 hours until morning.
While she was hiding, before anything was reported, she watched police come look for her with flashlights. We can only assume the man in uniform called them (police are very corrupt in Thailand).
When morning came she was able to crawl out, but still no one would help her.
The security guards she came across only laughed at her and asked for money, which she did not have.
She was able to get a taxi back to the hotel were Joe was and call us. The embassy was called but only took her report and left them to fend for themselves.
She is in a different room under an alias, but obviously we don’t want her there, period. We will all feel better when she is home.
We ask for any donations to help replace the money that was stolen from her and to help with travel costs for her and Joe’s flight back home. Any help is greatly appreciated.
All excess money will be donated to an organization that combats sex trafficking.
Help spread the word!
Now that is as sketchy as it comes and sounds like something you’d watch at the cinema.
Here’s Fox17’s take on it with a few quotes from her family in Michigan.
Relatives say Fairfield went to a bar with her friend Joe after a long day of sightseeing. When he got up and went to the restroom, she said she felt sick and tired. They say the next thing she knew she woke up with her hands bound in an unknown place.
According to Fairfield and her family, a man from Thailand law enforcement walked into the room, but he wasn’t there to help.
“It wasn’t until one of the kidnappers dressed in uniform came into the room and attempted to rape her that she came to her senses,” said Alex Moore, Fairfield’s brother-in-law.
They say that despite the photographic proof, they’re not getting much help overseas.
Relatives say Fairfield is afraid she might see her kidnapper again if he’s part of their law enforcement. Without a police report, the (US) embassy said there’s not much they can do.
“When she attempted to go to the airport to get her ticket, the airline who she booked through said they weren’t able to do that and didn’t give explicit reasons to why,” said Moore. “And ultimately just said ‘No, you can’t board this flight.’ The sooner we can get her out, the better.”
The U.S. Embassy said they have checked on her to make sure she is safe. They helped move her to a different hotel, and put her under an alias. Her family said they are communicating with her through Facebook Messenger since her phone was taken during the alleged abduction.
They are working to re-book her flights to get her home. Her friend Joe is with her again as well.
Is there such a thing as a 36 hole golf course?
As I type $7,842 of the $3,000 goal has been raised. Is it really so expensive to book a flight to the USA?
Why didn’t her family contact the original airline customer services dept or HQ for assistance before running to create a gofundme page? If the pair wanted to remain safe instead of hiding in hotel rooms, why not go to the airport and speak with the Tourist Police who would have assisted?
When was her money and phone stolen? What about her roommates holiday fund? He surely had cash to temporarily keep the pair safe, right?
So many questions without answers but there’s no point in me typing them all as you already have a dozen of your own that need answered before we even start on mine.
Hell, Fox didn’t even tell us the most basic facts like her age. Why didn’t they make contact with an airline and sort something out? Good press for all involved.
I hope Miss Fairfield and her friend get home safely and she wasn’t harmed but her story, in my opinion, is the work of her imagination after something of her own doing went pear-shaped.
Jumping balconies and hiding in bushes all night my arse…
UPDATED: It appears I missed a scene from the American Abduction movie script… either that or it’s a late addition.
Another news report is quoting the mother who said the kidnapping happened outside a Bangkok nightclub and before Amazing Alex jumped over a balcony she put up a fight.
Last week, 25-year-old Alexandra Fairfield and her friend Joe left Michigan for a Thailand vacation. On their first night in Bangkok, they went to a nightclub.
“She said that Joe went into the bathroom and she was feeling a little woozy we don’t know for a fact that her drink was drugged however the person was able to get to the front door without being seen and then had four or five other people they picked her up outside of the door and threw her into a black car with tinted windows,” said Fairfield.
Her mother says when she awoke, she was tied up in a cement room with a man who tried to rape her.
“She jumped on him and she took the heel of her hand she said and smashed it into his nose three times, he reeled backwards and fell onto the ground, she said she kicked him a couple more times,” said Fairfield.
Her mother tells us that Alexandra jumped out of a second floor balcony and then hid in some bushes for 7 hours. But says she did not file a police report because she doesn’t trust police there.
“You can’t trust local authorities there because you don’t know what their laws are or what they will do,” said Fairfield.
When she went to the airport to fly home, Alexandra’s Mother says she had more problems.
“She went to the airport and they have canceled her flight and there is no explanation, she is trying like crazy to get another flight scheduled but there is not any progress being made, she contacted the US embassy but since she did file a police report they cannot get involved,” said Fairfield.
Photo Credit: gofundme.com
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
Photo Credit: 77kaoded
CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.