23-year-old Hannah Gavios, molested by Thai tourist office worker as she lay with broken back after falling down 150ft cliff trying to escape his sexual advnces
Gavios, stranded on a beach in Krabi, Thailand asked a local tourist shop for help, Thursday, 11pm
Local tour guide Apai Ruengvorn, 28, offers to walk Hannah to her nearby hotel, takes a detour through the dark jungle up the mountains and tries to rape Hannah
Hannah fights him off, escapes only to off the edge down to the rocks 150 feet below, cracks her spine
Sex fiend tracks her down there, assaults her broken bones and all and didn’t call for help, she’s found by a search party the next day
Hannah is recovering in hospital while Ruengvorn has confessed, is under arrest
Hannah Gavios, a 23-year-old American woman is in hospital in Krabi after falling down a mountain last night while fleeing a man she says was sexually harassing her. The woman suffered with her injuries, which include possible broken legs, in the wild overnight until a search party found her this morning.
Earlier Hannah Gavios, who got lost on pitch-black Railay Beach in the resort of Krabi went into a local tourist shop asking for help back to her hotel.
One of its staff offered to show her the way but instead led her into the jungle where they started climbing a mountain. Hannah, who was still tired after arriving in Thailand just the day before, innocently followed him before realising she was in danger. The man pinned her down and tried to rip off her clothes – but Hannah bravely fought back and bit off part of his EAR. She then fled but blindly ran off the edge of a cliff.
Rescuers lifting Hannah off the trail. The sexual molester, Apai Ruengvorn, did come back to the crime scene and stage a crime re-enactment for the cops
The young woman, who has bravely waived her anonymity, fractured her spine and smashed her head. Still, the sex fiend intent on having his way, followed her down to the foot of the cliff. Her attacker Apai Ruengvorn, 28, scrambled after her and sexually molested her as she lay helpless. After a couple of hours Ruengvorn left but then returned later with other people who raised the alarm and Hannah was rescued and taken to hospital.
Hannah was molested as she lay with a damaged back after plunging off a cliff trying to escape her attacker. The 23-year-old American was rescued and rushed to hospital when she was eventually found at the bottom of the cliff
While on vacation in Thailand, Hannah got lost and a local worker offered to show her the way but instead led her into the jungle where they started climbing a mountain, he eventually attacks her forcing Hannah to flee to safety, only she fell off a cliff
She is now being treated at a hospital in Phuket, Her parents have flown from their New York home to be at her bedside. Her diagnosis remains unclear – a rescue worker had reported that Hannah could not feel anything in her legs, “Ms Gavios is experiencing numbness on both of her legs and doctors have yet to confirm whether either of her legs are broken,” he said.
The suspect, Ruengvorn has admitted the sickening attack last Thursday evening and is now facing several years behind bars. Recuperating in the Bangkok hospital, Hannah relived her nightmare – The Art and design graduate who was taking a break from teaching in Vietnam, said:
The man pinned her down and tried to rip off her clothes – but Hannah bravely fought back and bit off part of his ear
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”I really thought I was going to die.
“It was dark around 11pm and the only way to get back to my accommodation was by crossing the cliffs.
“I went inside a tourist shop and asked for help back to my hotel. They said it was dangerous to do at night so they told me to follow one of their workers.
”I didn’t get the best feeling about him but I was tired and wanted to get home. I’d been travelling for 16 hours so I guess I wasn’t feeling myself.
”I followed him up this trail and I was asking him ‘is this the right way’. We were going up this steep mountain and using a flash light and I started panicking.
”While he was walking he grabbed me and was holding me down and trying to take off my clothes.
”I started punching him in the face and beating him up and biting off his ear. I was biting his ear so hard it almost came off. His ear was half torn off.
Hannah – who has bravely waived her anonymity – fractured her spine and smashed her head
”He was in pain and asked me to stop, so we shook hands and he stopped but I was still nervous and he was still trying to harass me so there was no choice but to run.
”I started walking back to where I came from. Once there was distance between us I started running.
“It was pitch black and before I knew it I was in mid-air falling off a cliff. I was honestly thinking I wouldn’t survive.
”I hit my head a few times and landed with a big bump. I was screaming in pain. It was the most painful thing ever.
”I felt like a total vegetable. I felt completely vulnerable. I couldn’t move anything.”
She added: ”He heard me screaming and moaning and he came down and climbed down the mountain and starting crying and praying.
Her attacker – a Thai local named as Apai Ruengvorn, 28 – scrambled after her and sexually molested her as she lay helpless
“He was feeling very guilty. I was begging him to call for help. He got on the phone and started calling and I thought somebody was coming but nobody came.
”I was stuck with this crazy person. I was in the woods in the bushes with wild snakes crawling on me while he was still continuing to harass me.
“He got on top of me. He took of his pants and masturbated.
”He didn’t rape me but he did everything else. I really thought I was going to die.
”I honestly didn’t know what to do. I just had to remain calm. whenever I screamed he was choking me so I had to try to keep cool and stay friendly with him.
”As soon as it got lighter I started calling for help. He kept saying ‘no police no police’.
”Eventually he left in the early hours of the morning and then I started screaming and then heard a voice. It was him with his co-workers and an ambulance came.” where Hannah fell.
Ruengvorn has admitted the sickening attack last Thursday evening and is now facing several years behind bars
Hannah relived the horrific moment she broke her back from falling 150 feet down a cliff, fleeing an attempted rape
Hannah added: ”My parents flew here from New York and now I’m much better.
”I’m taking one day at a time. But I’m really glad my legs aren’t broken. I want to stay in Asia and return to teaching in Vietnam.
”The police have told me that the man will stay in prison for between five and ten years.”
He has been charged with committing obscene behaviour toward another person and causing serious injury.
Lt Songpol Bunchai confirmed Hannah’s story and added: ”The suspect admitted that he became aroused and tried to molest the woman. Infact, Ruengvorn re-enacted the string of events that led to Gavios’ fall for police and admitted that he had made a sexual pass on Gavios.
“She was frightened and ran away to escape him. She fell down the cliffs.”
He was charged by police with assault causing injury and sexual harassment.