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18-year-old arrested for throwing stones from elevated train tracks

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Police in Osaka have arrested an 18-year-old foreign male on suspicion of unlawful entry onto an elevated railway line, from where he threw large stones at pedestrians and buildings on Sunday.

Police received a call from a passerby at around 8 a.m., who said that a man was throwing rocks onto a road from an elevated railway line in Kita Ward, Kyodo News reported. When police arrived at the scene at around 9:15 a.m., they arrested the suspect.

According to police reports, the suspect was yelling “It’s showtime” as he threw stones dispersed along the tracks of a defunct JR West railroad line for about an hour. Moreover, police said he was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident.

A resident at a nearby apartment suspects that a stone thrown by the suspect shattered a glass door entrance.

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Seems like a deeply disturbed individual, at least no injured victim is mentioned in the article. The excuse of being drunk is not going to count for much.

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He's right about one thing: Yes - it IS showtime.

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Police received a call from a passerby at around 8 a.m., who said that a man was throwing rocks onto a road from an elevated railway line in Kita Ward, Kyodo News reported. When police arrived at the scene at around 9:15 a.m., they arrested the suspect.

So it took the cops, 75 minutes..............75 MINUTES to arrive on the scene?

What? Did they WALK from Kobe to Osaka?

Where is the KOBAN in the area? Where they sleeping?

the suspect was yelling “It’s showtime”

Yes......a very typical thing for all foreigners to yell out, as they throw rocks at people.

Well, it's simple then. Deport him. Then fire the cops that took 75 minutes to respond. Done and Done.

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Build the wall

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Since he can't properly comport himself, he should expeditiously deport himself.

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Deport and permanantly blacklist.

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Of course he didnt remember ! How many drunk people remember what they did over an hour ago? A prompt response by the police while he still remembered may have resulted in a confession!

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Sometimes the old fashioned remedies are the best. A good thrashing with a birch would soon modify his behaviour.

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@njca4 LOL no you must have had several drinks with him because you too are trying to connect the dots, when there are no dots to connect!

"it's Showtime" sounds like a Shohei Otani thing, right? And then throwing stones (mini baseballs) ... Am I the only one connecting the dots here?

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More wondering why it took a dang hour for the cops to arrive

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police said he was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident

Fair enough. Should get off easily.

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"it's Showtime" sounds like a Shohei Otani thing, right? And then throwing stones (mini baseballs) ... Am I the only one connecting the dots here?

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Is it a petty crime or a felony? Front page news I guess.

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@garypen I don't think he was a foreigner he was too quick to say he was drunk and that he doesn't remember. How many times have you read that line here?

...was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident.

Are they absolutely sure he's a foreigner?

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According to police reports, the suspect was yelling “It’s showtime”

The writer of this article should clarify whether the suspect was saying this as written or translated from another language.

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Which country of origin was he? In most articles the criminals country gets specified. If all articles written in the same way, it’s a goofy system not to give people’s information especially before a trial.

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I was going to say good system, i hope it can be fixed. I pad is making up wrong word, sorry everyone.

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Moreover, police said he was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident.

The foreign man learns fast to use the tried and true Japanese 'I was drunk' excuse for behaving like a jerk.

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Gone native then?

That's what i was thinking...

was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident.

Are they absolutely sure he's a foreigner?

I have my doubts too..

 I don't think he was a foreigner he was too quick to say he was drunk and that he doesn't remember. 

Neither do I

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...was drunk when he was arrested and claims to “not remember” the incident.

Are they absolutely sure he's a foreigner?

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If this disturbed foreign youth was shouting “It’s show time “ in Chinese or Vietnamese, the Japanese police wouldn’t have understood what he was saying. That means the suspect was an English speaker, native or acquired.

This is actually false. I know several police officers in Japan who can speak fluent English, Chinese, and Yes, Spanish.

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If this disturbed foreign youth was shouting “It’s show time “ in Chinese or Vietnamese, the Japanese police wouldn’t have understood what he was saying. That means the suspect was an English speaker, native or acquired.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Gone native then?

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

This man will be handled accordingly. Justice will be served, as it always does in Japan.

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