The saga continues.
Exiled UFC fighter Junie Browning, who is being sought by Phuket police in Thailand for his participation in a bar-room brawl that carried over to a local hospital, went on the lam last week to avoid a hit put out on him by the mafia, who threatened to kill him if he doesn't meet their financial demands.
"The Lunatik" is currently holed up in an International safehouse as he plots his next move.
He was originally seeking extradition via the United States Embassy; however, his new priority is to get immediate medical attention to treat the wounds suffered in his attack, which have left him in "severe pain" with "fainting and dizzy spells and severe head trauma."
Here it straight from Browning (via The Phuket Gazette) after the jump.
"Being US citizens in a foreign country we were terrified and had to act quickly. With these threats in mind we made a plan. I went to hide while my girlfriend stayed behind to pack and arrange travel out of the city. Keep in mind, we left behind a house we have rented through May, a dog we left in a friend's care, and numerous personal belongings. Approximately one hour later I was picked up by taxi and we headed out of Phuket. Four hours later we arrived in Krabi to stay the night in a hotel and figure out what to do. The next day I received two separate phone calls from MJ Castro (which I was informed is not her real name) and Simon Menzies saying that we needed to pay several hundred thousand baht or they would continue to hunt us. In addition, Facebook messages and phone calls flooded in from friends and acquaintances telling us we were in big trouble and needed to get back to the US quickly and, again, to speak to no one. They instructed us to attempt to cross the Malaysian border and get on the first flight home. At this point we packed again and boarded a mini van to Hatyai. We booked a hotel and paid for two tickets on the 9am bus to Kuala Lumpur, still unsure of what we should do. While in Hatyai, we contacted the US Embassy, still afraid to tell anyone of our location. We did not want to flee the situation, but needed to confide in people we could trust. We were told not to use our phones or internet to avoid any chance of the wrong people discovering our location. I was contacted by a friend from the United States who had previously lived in Bangkok and was able to arrange transport from friends of his with protection to the US Embassy. To this point I have been unable to seek the medical attention that I desperately need. My vision in my right eye is impaired, I am in severe pain, I am going through fainting and dizzy spells, and have severe head trauma. We had to use the internet to try to figure out how to deal with it on our own. My girlfriend has been dressing my wounds and at night sets an alarm every two hours to wake me up. She asks me simple questions and checks my eyes to make sure I am coherent and stable. All we are asking for is help from people we can trust which brings us here now. We are victims of a viscous assault and attempt on our lives. We are seeking the assistance of the US Embassy and I want to clear my name of the wrong-doing I was accused of."
Read his entire account here.
Anyone out there sympathetic to his recent troubles? Or is he the victim of karma? Who's ready to donate money to the "Save Junie" campaign? Tee shirts? Flyers?
More on this developing story here.