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19-year-old student arrested for attempted rape of woman in unmanned police box

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 19-year-old university student on suspicion of attempted rape after he chased a woman into an empty koban (police box) where he tried to sexually assault her.

According to police, the incident occurred before dawn on Sept 16 in Katsushika Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said the woman, in her 20s, was walking home when the suspect rode up behind her on a bicycle. He said to her, “You’re cute,” and started to grope her. The woman broke free and ran to seek help at the koban which was about 40 meters away. But there were no police officers present at the time. 

The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, followed the woman on his bike, then went into the koban after her. The woman managed to resist his sexual advances and he fled.

Police said the suspect, who was arrested on Wednesday, was identified after his image was captured on surveillance camera footage inside the police box. Police said he claims that he doesn’t recollect the incident.

The Metropolitan Police Department issued an apology and said that police boxes are occasionally unmanned when officers are out responding to incidents or on patrol.

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Police said he claims that he doesn’t recollect the incident.

Hey, you forgot to say you were drunk so they'd believe you!

The Metropolitan Police Department issued an apology and said that police boxes are occasionally unmanned when officers are out responding to incidents or on patrol.

Considering that Tokyo *probably** *has a higher number of law enforcement and street surveillance than other parts of the country, I wouldn't be surprised to find empty police boxes considering how much area these J-cops need to patrol. But this is still inexcusable, imagine a different scenario where the suspect was out to hurt someone, it would be too late for the victim.

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Let’s hope a 150 kilo inmate at prison thinks he’s cute.

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Let’s hope a 150 kilo inmate at prison thinks he’s cute.

Brilliant! LOL!!!!

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Poor woman, I hope she kicked him in his brain cells.

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Not the brightest student on many levels. I'm surprised he got into a university in the first place.

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Wow, this dudes stupidity is actually impressive

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Seriously? He actually chased her into a police box? Some criminals leave you completely flabbergasted.

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"the suspect rode up behind her on a bicycle"

"and started to grope her"

pop goes the weasel

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@Toshihiro: Hey, you forgot to say you were drunk so they'd believe you!

Remember, he is 19, so he can't use that excuse without indirectly confessing to other offenses. Give the police a crime they can legally detain you for, and he'd get the 23 days of 10 hour interrogation on the main offense!

-said that police boxes are occasionally unmanned when officers are out responding to incidents or on patrol.

Right! It was before dawn. More likely the duty officer was sleeping in the back or upstairs.

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Wow, Out of control.

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You couldn't make it up if you tried

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@JJ Jetplane - I was thinking the same thing.

Good thinking by her, unfortunate no-one was there at that time, but even if there was, what was this guy thinking? Oh, right! He wasn't!

Even if he knew that it was unmanned at that time, he had to know that there would be some sort of video surveillance in there. Oh, right! Forgot, he's an idiot.

Glad to hear that she wasn't severely harmed and they actually caught him.

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 19-year-old university student

The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor

You’re old enough to join the JSDF and to vote, you’re old enough to be considered an adult.

Throw the book at this man.

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They should have Panic Buttons installed for these instances

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The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, followed the woman on his bike, then went into the koban after her.

Seriously dude? You're that determined! You would knowingly waltz into a police box to try to rape a woman? But....hey! Its ok! Because....

he claims that he doesn’t recollect the incident.

...and.....

The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor

I can just imagine her level of distrust in the police now! She went to them in her time of need to find no one there!

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Chico3Oct. 1  05:04 pm JST

Not the brightest student on many levels. I'm surprised he got into a university in the first place.

Rape (or attempted) is a very serious and horrible offense. It's destructive. It's also grounds for university expulsion so he can most likely kiss those dreams of a college degree bye-bye. Loser and dumbass.

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ran to seek help at the koban which was about 40 meters away. But there were no police officers present at the time.

The more notable crime here..........Does this frequently happen? What's the point of having a Koban then?

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The Metropolitan Police Department issued an apology and said that police boxes are occasionally unmanned when officers are out responding to incidents or on patrol.

So put an officer in there that doesn't leave and guards the base while the others are out.

"Oh we are sorry your daughter was stabbed to death. We were out tagging bicycles and handling senior citizens stealing from charity boxes......."

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If an officer had been present, the 19 year old most likely would not have tried to rape the girl, and would end up getting arrested on groping charges. Is this a better conclusion than the actual one? In other words, a potential rapist goes free, but in the other hand, the girl is not a victim of attempted rape.

Discuss.

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Considering this is Japan, we will see an article in a few months on how this guy will not be prosecuted, with no reason stated.

That's pretty much how all confirmed/reported rape/sexual assault cases ends up.

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If an officer had been present, the 19 year old most likely would not have tried to rape the girl, and would end up getting arrested on groping charges. Is this a better conclusion than the actual one? In other words, a potential rapist goes free, but in the other hand, the girl is not a victim of attempted rape. 

Discuss.

There is nothing to discuss about this hypothetical. We know the rape wouldn’t have occurred, so it would have been a better outcome.

Do you really think allowing an actual rape to prevent a possible future rape is better than preventing an actual rape because there may have been a future rape?

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