Police have released images of the man they believe responsible for the fatal attack on Perth travel agent Michelle Smith in Phuket last week.
Thai police have issued warrants for the arrest of two men, four days after the 60-year-old mother of three was fatally stabbed during a bungled bag snatch.
This morning the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of reports that a man had been arrested in relation to Ms Smith’s murder.
“We are awaiting further information from Thai authorities,” a spokesman said.
The picture of the suspect is accompanied by notes that describe the man they want, putting his age at 25 to 30, and his height at 175 to 180 cm.
Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had urged police to intensify efforts to find the men.
A reward of 300,000 baht ($9670) has been offered to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the men, who attacked Smith from a motorcycle. At the time, she was among a group of 10 travel agents returning to their hotel after a meal.
Smith, from Joondalup and a veteran of the travel industry, struggled as the passenger on the bike tried to steal her bag. She was fatally injured when he plunged a 10cm knife into her chest.
Her companion, Tammee Lynn, 42, was also hurt in the attack and required stitches.