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16-year-old girl arrested for threatening police officer with knife in koban

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Police in Okegawa, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 16-year-old girl for obstructing police officers in the performance of their official duties after she came into a koban (police box) and waved a knife in a threatening manner at an officer.

According to police, the incident occurred at the Wakamiya koban at around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Two officers were on duty at the time.

One officer said the girl, who lives in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, muttered, “I hate police officers. I’m going to kill you.” She then pointed a knife at an assistant inspector in his 30s. The officer took his gun out of his holster and ordered the girl to drop her knife. The second policeman, holding up a shield, approached the girl who threw the knife at it.

Police said the girl hasn’t given any explanation for her actions.

The koban is approximately 300 meters southwest from JR Okegawa Station’s west exit.


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While it's probably common for people to have an aversion towards authorities, they shouldn't go that far with their hatred. Just avoiding them and not thinking about them should be enough.

2 ( +9 / -7 )

Just avoiding them and not thinking about them should be enough.

Oh yes, the ostrich technique. That old chestnut.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

The proper way to handle a threat. Nice job JP Police. No one shot, no one killed, no one injured. Hopefully this girl can get the help she needs. Wish her the best.

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re: She then pointed a knife at an assistant inspector in his 30s. The officer took his gun out of his holster and ordered the girl to drop her knife.

Excessive and abuse of police authority. Since when does a knife vs gun win? There was more than one officer present, surely pepper spray would have sufficed vs the gun. Poor judgement by the police officer. This makes me wonder what the police did to her that has her filled with this much hatred? Sure would like to read more into the story from JT reporter.

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rgcivilian1Today  05:06 pm JST

re: She then pointed a knife at an assistant inspector in his 30s. The officer took his gun out of his holster and ordered the girl to drop her knife.

Excessive and abuse of police authority. Since when does a knife vs gun win? There was more than one officer present, surely pepper spray would have sufficed vs the gun. Poor judgement by the police officer. This makes me wonder what the police did to her that has her filled with this much hatred? Sure would like to read more into the story from JT reporter.

I'm sure it was more a scare tactic and not a threat.

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16 years old. I was learning how to drive a car.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

in times like these I really appreciate the fact that guns are much harder to get in Japan.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Early onset of some kind of mental disease?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Put her to Jail for a long time.

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@ since 1982 "I'm sure it was more a scare tactic and not a threat."

NO not in today's police force. Only because she dropped the knife otherwise we would be reading a much different version of this tale, that I"m pretty sure of.

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"Put her in jail for a long time"?

How about investing, consulting ?

She's 16 for christ's sake.

I don't know but how about victim of domestic violence, called police many times but they did nothing ?

May or may not be the case but "put her in jail for a long time" seems to be a bit drastic.

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Sounds like she may have wanted the cops to react.

It may be a very sad cry for help from a very troubled youth.

I hope she gets the help she needs. It’s not nice to be a cop and have a young girl flip out on you either.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

The cops did excellently in not hurting her. Take note USA

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The gun might have been a bit much, these guys are trained in martial arts. I really don't believe he would ever have shot her. Hell, they don't even shoot yakuza most times.

I believe it was in fact a cry for help.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Sure seems like she got their attention.

WHY does she hate cops? There's got to be a reason.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

How did the press get a hold of this story anyway?

16 year old girl, nobody hurt, who squealed?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

what a shocking news! Seriously a police officer pulled out his 6 shooter mini magnum gun at a tenage girl with a knife and another police officer pulled out a balistic shield? How about using your kungfu karate skills they teach you in COP and Robbers classes when you graduate the police academy? But anyways good that the police officers were safe and sound.

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IF, she did this in the US it would be a different story, most of the police in the world carry guns, and I am sure they would have reacted the same way.

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"Excessive and abuse of police authority. Since when does a knife vs gun win? There was more than one officer present, surely pepper spray would have sufficed vs the gun. Poor judgement by the police officer. This makes me wonder what the police did to her that has her filled with this much hatred? Sure would like to read more into the story from JT reporter."

Use pepper spray in a small enclosed space with the officers unprotected? Really?

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rgcivilian1 I have worked with JP police while I was Military Police in Japan, so I can say without doubt how they work in situations like this. And please don’t judge one officer’s actions as all officer’s judgement. Based on what I have read, all went well and the girl will get the help she needs. One thing we don’t know is her skills with knives, who she is, what is her mental state, was she just crying out for help due to abuse. We just don’t know so please don’t assume the worst without knowing the facts. And of course, never judge a book by its cover.

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Well handled by Japanese cops, who are trained to deal with these situations without using the gun.

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Police said the girl hasn’t given any explanation for her actions.

Really? How about.....

One officer said the girl, who lives in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture, muttered, “I hate police officers. I’m going to kill you.”

I think that might help with explaining her actions!

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