US tourist is pinned to the ground and arrested ‘after raping a masseuse and molesting a 13-year-old girl while high on drugs’ in Thailand
- Robert Andrew Gordon, 37, arrested for allegedly raping a Thai massage worker
- He fled the scene on a motorbike and then allegedly sexually assaulted a girl, 13
- Gordon told police he was high on drugs at the time, not in control of his actions
A US tourist has been arrested after allegedly raping a masseuse and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl while high on drugs in Thailand.
Robert Andrew Gordon, 37, from Colorado, allegedly attacked the woman and raped her at a shop in Khon Kaen province, northeast Thailand, on September 27.
He then fled on a motorbike and allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who was selling honey at a roadside stall.
Police issued a nationwide alert and arrested Gordon 300 miles away in a hotel room in the notorious red-light district Soi Nana in the capital Bangkok.
Gordon allegedly confessed to both attacks but claimed the fact he was high on methamphetamine pills and had no control over his actions was a mitigating factor.
Thai authorities have charged him with physical assault, rape and illegally detaining others.
Robert Andrew Gordon, 37, from Colorado, has been pinned to the ground and arrested after allegedly raping a masseuse and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl while high on drugs in Thailand
Gordon was caught on CCTV walking around naked in the massage parlor reception area before he allegedly raped the woman in Khon Kaen province, northeast Thailand, on September 27
Gordon was caught on CCTV walking around naked in the massage parlor reception area before he allegedly raped the woman.
Moments after the alleged assault he was caught on camera dressed hurriedly leaving the parlor.
Shocked locals noticed blood and water coming from the door of the massage parlor before finding the unconscious woman inside.
She was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries but later regained consciousness.
Officers said they were coordinating with doctors to do a thorough physical examination to determine the extent of the women’s injuries.
Police said she had not yet been able to answer questions about the alleged assault and it was not clear if she knew Gordon.
After the alleged rape, police say Gordon fled on a motorbike and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl who was selling honey from a roadside stall
To help identify Gordon, officers interviewed a lorry driver who allegedly witnessed the attack on the teenage girl.
They also spoke with Thai women in the area who have foreign husbands as well as checking immigration records and following his tracks on CCTV.
During the investigation, the alleged victim’s son said: ‘My mother worked abroad and has only returned here recently. She then worked at the massage parlor.’
Footage later showed the American being pinned to the ground and handcuffed.
Deputy national police chief General Damrongsak Kittipraphat said: ‘The suspect attacked the massage worker then molested a young girl while he was escaping.
‘Officers checked CCTV from the shop and immigration records. With the help of witnesses, we were able to identify the man.’
Police obtained an arrest warrant from the Khon Kaen provincial court before Gordon was arrested in Bangkok, where he had fled on his motorcycle. They said he had arrived as a tourist
Police obtained an arrest warrant from the Khon Kaen provincial court before Gordon was arrested in Bangkok, where he had fled on his motorcycle. They said he had arrived as a tourist.
General Damrongsak Kittipraphat added: ‘The American man confessed to the attacks and said he was under the influence of drugs at the time. He blamed them for making him feel overly sexual.
‘Our team of officers lead the investigation and arrested him at a hotel. We found the same clothes and same motorcycle from the scene of the crime. The suspect confessed and he has been charged according to the law.’
Gordon has reportedly refused to take part in a public reconstruction of the crime.