19-year-old arrested for threatening to kill police officers in ‘koban’


A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Nagoya for threatening to kill two police officers after he entered a “koban” (police box) with a knife and a PET bottle filled with kerosene.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:50 p.m. at the koban in Minato Ward. The suspect, a company employee who cannot be named because he is a minor, brandished a fruit knife in one hand and the PET bottle in his other hand, Fuji TV reported.

At the time, there were two police officers, aged 31 and 29, in the koban. Police said the suspect shouted: “I’m going to kill you” and started shaking the liquid out of the PET bottle on the floor.

The two officers quickly subdued the man who had a lighter and another knife in his pocket. No one was injured during the struggle.

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The lad clearly lacks understanding of how kerosene combusts.

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A 19-year-old "man" that cannot be named because he's a minor... Come on! Which is it?

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First. Who walks into a police station and threatens cops.

Second, what was his plans with the Kerosene? Was he going to make them drink it? A lighter won’t do anything with it. You need a blowtorch if you were planning to actually burn people. It’s not a flammable substance.

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I have no problem with that one. Sounds like a good live training exercise for the cops.

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I'm guessing mental health issues. Something Japan desperately needs to address, with compassion.

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I’m kerosene is extremely flammable...

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Kerosene is not flammable. It’s combustible. Those are two different things. Flammable items burn easily and can happen at room temperatures. Combustible items take much higher levels of heat to ignite. A lighter won’t ignite kerosene.

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You know those kerosene space heaters they have in Japan? The kerosene they use will ignite instantly with a lighter or even a match

I am guessing he wasn’t using jet fuel type kerosene...

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