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British Kickboxer Sought in Slaying of US Tourist

Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix

August 16, 2010

BANGKOK — A manhunt was underway Monday in Thailand for a British kickboxer police say is believed to have killed a former U.S. Marine after provoking a barroom brawl on a tropical island.

Police have named 28-year-old Lee Aldhouse of Britain as the prime suspect in the weekend stabbing death of Dashawn Longfellow, 23, who was vacationing on the island of Phuket and, according to U.S. media, a recipient of the Purple Heart after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thai authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Aldhouse and think he is still in the Phuket area but have alerted airports and sea ports in case he attempts to flee, said police Lt. Col. Anukul Nuket.

“It is very clear what happened,” Anukul said. “Everything is very clear cut.”

Longfellow’s body was found before dawn Saturday at Phuket’s Yanui Paradise Resort with several stab wounds in his chest.

Hours earlier the two men had come to blows at a local pub called the Freedom Bar, where the American was having drinks with a Thai girlfriend and Aldhouse picked a fight with him, police said according to witnesses. Witnesses described Aldhouse as a regular at the bar and known for “getting drunk and picking fights and bragging that he’s invincible,” Anukul told The Associated Press.

Both men were students of muay Thai, or Thai kickboxing, police said. Aldhouse had lived on-and-off in Thailand for four years and had competed on the club boxing circuit in Phuket, but police described him as currently unemployed. Videos posted on YouTube show Aldhouse in the boxing ring. One from 2006 refers to him as “Lee ‘The Pitbull’ Aldhouse.” Another from 2009 shows him with several tattoos including one on his left shoulder that stretches down to the elbow.

But the American overpowered Aldhouse and apparently humiliated him, Anukul said. Onlookers broke up the fight, but the Briton allegedly followed the couple back to their hotel where Longfellow dropped off his girlfriend and went to a convenience store.

“The American came back to see (Aldhouse) with a knife,” Anukul said, citing witnesses. “He died from stabs to his chest.”

A bloodied kitchen knife was found near the hotel, Anukul said.

Longfellow had served in the U.S. Marines and was a machine gunner for the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, said Matt Gronbach, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, who was in the same unit with Longfellow.

“Dashawn was a caring and loving person. One of the nicest guys you could ever be around. Great friend, brother and son. He was just a huge teddy bear that everyone loved,” Gronbach said in an e-mail.

Longfellow’s mother, Tammy Longfellow of Norman, Oklahoma City, told Oklahoma City television station her son had traveled to Thailand to gain more knowledge about Thai kickboxing. Longfellow’s passport was issued in Littleton, Colorado, according to Thai police.

Media reported that Longfellow was a Purple Heart recipient after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“He fought since the day he was born. He was three months premature and he made it through,” his mother told the TV station. She said he joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school in 2005 with hopes of traveling the world.

“He struggled in school, he made it through. He went to the Marines – two wars he made it through. He goes over there to do something he loves and he gets killed,” she said.

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

Associated Press writer Kinan Suhaovanich contributed to this report.


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    Bubblehead69

    almost 4 years ago

    84 Comments

    Godspeed warrior. Fair winds, and following seas...

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Godspeed Marine.
    Respect and prayers.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Aldhouse,
    You are a coward piece of trash. You killed a felllow Marine that did kick your rear end in a fair fight.
    You are at the TOP of my scum bags list. I hope you'll do the right thing and kill your own useless **s before others have to do it for you.
    Semper Fi Longfellow...!!!

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50400 Comments

    Rest in Peace Dashawn. Get this coward and fast.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    As a Brit I hope Aldhouse hangs for this or gets a bullet

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    wiseass0282

    almost 4 years ago

    10984 Comments

    RIP Dashawn, I hope they have the death penalty in Bangkock

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    Grafton817

    almost 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP Marine

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