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64-year-old man arrested over fatal assault in Yokohama in February

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Police in Yokohama said Sunday they have arrested a 64-year-old man on suspicion of fatally assaulting a 78-year-old man on a sidewalk in February.

According to police, Shigeo Hattori, a company employee, has denied the charge, Kyodo News reported. Police said he is accused of beating Tetsujiro Shibata several times from behind with a stick at around 6 p.m. on Feb 20 in Totsuka Ward.

A witness called 110 and said that a man was lying on the street after being beaten by another man wielding a stick. The assailant fled the scene.

Shibata suffered serious injuries to his head and was rushed to a hospital where he died the next morning without regaining consciousness.

Police said they identified Hattori after an examination of street surveillance camera footage. He lives about 800 meters from the crime scene.

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Police said they identified Hattori after an examination of street surveillance camera footage.

This always seems remarkably easy to do. Do they use face-recognition technology? Is there a law which permits that? A database?

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This always seems remarkably easy to do. Do they use face-recognition technology? Is there a law which permits that? A database?

They can ask from nearby camera owner, that exist along the street, Face recognition? If they use it, it should be faster, remember that case was on February now in June, so go figure.

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This always seems remarkably easy to do.

It is the easy way out because there's no real police work involved. I've been on many cases and seen 20-30 police officers on a scene for a case that requires a team of about 5 people. 94% of them aren't doing anything at all. I have 2 4K surveillance cameras at my home covering the front and sides of my home. There was a small fender bender a few feet away from my home. The police, ambulance and 2 fire trucks came, saw my cameras and asked to come in my home to check my cameras. I declined! 0 police work.

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@sir_bentley28

 asked to come in my home to check my cameras. I declined!

The fact that they didn't come back again to you with warrant to get your video footage, it shows that they already have enough other sources to get necessary info. Also the problem if you treat them good, they only want more details about you, even you are not related with incidents.

Anyway what was your reason not to handover your footage to them in the first place?

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This is a tragic incident that highlights the importance of maintaining public safety. The arrest of the 64-year-old man in Yokohama for the fatal assault on a 78-year-old man is a significant development in the case. It is disheartening to hear that the victim, Tetsujiro Shibata, succumbed to his injuries the next morning without regaining consciousness.

The fact that the suspect, Shigeo Hattori, has denied the charge adds another layer of complexity to the investigation. However, the police's identification of Hattori through street surveillance camera footage demonstrates the value of such technology in solving crimes.

Violent acts like this undermine the well-being and security of our communities. It is crucial that law enforcement agencies continue to work diligently to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Tetsujiro Shibata, who is undoubtedly mourning this tragic loss.

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This always seems remarkably easy to do. Do they use face-recognition technology? Is there a law which permits that? A database?

This has become a euphemism for, "Police contacted Docomo, Au and Softbank and got a list of every mobile phone in that cell at that time. They then looked for a cell phone owner the same sex, age and height as the suspect the witness saw flee the scene. Finally they did a bit of old fashioned plod work and narrowed the field down to Hattori." Unfortunately for them, he hasn't done the honourable thing and admitted all charges as soon as he got arrested.

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This is why I have maze in my pocket whenever I leave my home.

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sakurasuki

The fact that they didn't come back again to you with warrant to get your video footage, it shows that they already have enough other sources to get necessary info. Also the problem if you treat them good, they only want more details about you, even you are not related with incidents.

Anyway what was your reason not to handover your footage to them in the first place?

A brilliant reply because it is true! If you help them and tey to be helpful, you become a huge part of the situation and they somehow try to connect you to the sitiation which also takes SO MUCH TIME! I didn't help them because they're the reason why I got the cameras. I had a few incidents where people damaged my property with their cars and left the scene. I called the police and they turned it around to make it MY fault (If you had put this further away from your driveway, it wouldn't have been a problem/if you don't want people damaging your property, put up a sign) I had a huge construction sand truck drive on my driveway bridge and absolutely wrecked it because it was too heave. The police told us "It's illegal to have that metal touching the public road, so move it in 3 days!" My wife has a suspicous car park facing our house at night, turned off the lights and just sat there as she got home while she was pregnant. She called the police and they came HOURS LONG AFTER I got home and the car was gone. They actually said "Well the car isn't here and we don't know who it was so we can't do anything.!" They didn't help us. So to protect my family, I got the cameras.

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@RodneyToday 

"This is why I have maze in my pocket whenever I leave my home."

But, I heard it was illegal for Americans to carry mace or a taszer in Japan, but legal on a US base, with a permit in Japan.

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Rodney

This is why I have maze in my pocket whenever I leave my home.

Mace, not Maze, and where do you buy it from?

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From the home center. It’s used for protection against bear attacks. Very cheap.

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sir_bentley28 - There was a small fender bender a few feet away from my home. The police, ambulance and 2 fire trucks came, saw my cameras and asked to come in my home to check my cameras. I declined! 0 police work.

Examining CCTV footage is police work. (0_o)

You could have easily handed over a copy, if you didn't want them in your home.

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