Man Held At Knife Point By Desperate Kidney Disease Patient

Terrifying and tragic. The man with the hatchet is dying of kidney disease but can’t afford the treatment to save his life. He held this man hostage in a desperate bid to get money for the procedure. Fortunately the standoff was resolved peacefully.


Peak ®, a Thai man suffering from kidney disease, holds a man hostage with a knife in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok January 9, 2012. Peak, out of frustration, held the man hostage because he was owed money. The hostage was released 30 minutes later after successful negotiations by the police, and Peak was taken to the police station.


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Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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