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Fugitive's car found in Kanagawa after he gets away from prosecutors

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A man convicted of assault and theft fled by car and was possibly armed with a knife Wednesday in Aikawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, as prosecutors were trying to take him into custody, the local police and prosecutor's office said.

CONVICTED of assault and theft AND out on bail. But other people not even yet put on trial are stuck in detention, REFUSED bail, and rot, waiting for their day in court!

Some judge, somewhere, and the prosecutors, are the one's who SHOULD be behind bars for this one!

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Great, Japanese cops strike again! He brandished a knife and they let him escape. They don't have guns? Useless

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why was he out on bail when already convicted and sentenced, I wonder.... and despite repeatedly ignoring 'orders' to report in, it took 4 months for them to get round to.... this fiasco. the mind boggles as to the chaos if terrorists or the like decide to do something BIG during the Olympics.... seems to me to be a prime opportunity for such.....

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Another fiasco from J. Plod. Japan's police force is overstaffed and overfunded yet has a terrible clean-up rate and seems to be staffed by simpletons. A violent criminal who refused to go to jail? Who could ever imagine that a violent criminal might not want to go to jail? It's beyond belief....

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Hardcore armed criminal groups will have a field day here with the repeated mind boggling incompetence shown by the police.

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Another fiasco from J. Plod. Japan's police force is overstaffed and overfunded yet has a terrible clean-up rate and seems to be staffed by simpletons.

Everything about the J cops in a nutshell. Perfect.

A violent criminal who refused to go to jail? Who could ever imagine that a violent criminal might not want to go to jail?

They probably expected him to apologize and chat with them pleasantly while being escorted to the police car. Like you said- staffed by simpletons

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Convicted, out on bail, and being asked to turn themself in sounds like yakuza ties. Bail in Japan is expensive which is why most people don't get it.

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i don’t know about Japanese law, but in America assault and low grade thefts are considered misdemeanors. Because of that, people out on bail are not typically remanded to prison right away. They normally are given time to make arrangements and put things in order then surrender themselves.

This guy simply decided to run and make things worst for himself

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The occupation of the suspect was described to media reporters by someone who knows him as "TEKIYA" (a seller of toys, masks and trinkets at local festivals, often held within the grounds of a shrine). Therefore it would seem likely that Kobayashi has connections with organized crime members.

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You have guns, shoot him.

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While I applaud Japanese police's usual restraint in even pulling out a weapon, let alone firing it, they certainly should have found a way to ensure the man was detained. Now, as we did with the Suita man who fled with a gun, this situation has created an environment in which the general area will be on alert and possibly panic.

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Police waited three hours before going public with the story.

Yeah, because the public doesn't need to know about a stubborn convict on the run with a knife asap! So wait 3 hrs, right? What can go wrong?

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How many reports like this one is needed before a retraining is conducted? This guy is a threat to public safety  and they waited 3 hours....why? Requesting a convicted criminal to surrender is just stup**.

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He did not escape custody - since he wasn’t in custody, but rather on release as his appeal was being processed. Having failed his appeal they botched the arrest when they went to bring him in, since he was not cooperating by turning himself in to start his sentence.

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at least hes a thief not crazy stabber

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His sentence was finalized in February, but he was out on bail and repeatedly ignored orders to report to the office

I really don’t get this. Doesn’t your incarceration commence being sentenced? How does one get bail after being sentenced to prison time?

This creep was convicted of a violent crime and had breached his bail conditions. Did they send a couple of Girl Guides to pick him up?

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This might be why prosecutors have such draconian powers, if a convicted person is allowed any freedom they can easily slip through their pencil holding hands. I can imagin a hoard of suites clutching cardboard boxes in a queue waiting for the moment to spring into action. We got him.

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This story is about the man who escaped in a Honda Fit? If it is, yeah it was a Honda Fit.

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As the black Honda 'FIT' was being towed away by Kanagawa Police-contracted recovery wrecker this morning, I noticed there was a woman's bag sitting in the passenger seat...whose bag is it? And I noticed one more salient fact: although there was no driver, the driver's seatbelt was attached--strapped across the seat in the 'fastened' position...and so the driver is not accustomed to following the law regarding seatbelt useage? Or any law?

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Hope the police catch him ASAP before he can commit another crime.

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at least hes a thief not crazy stabber

Yet you conveniently overlook the assault to make just what point?

man convicted of assault and theft 

So, assault is ok in your book? Oh right, dont read articles...

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“I really don’t get this. Doesn’t your incarceration commence being sentenced? How does one get bail after being sentenced to prison time?”

One doesn’t get bail after being sentenced, he was out on bail during the trial. And after being convicted, and then losing his appeal, he didn’t report to prison when ordered to.

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Great, Japanese cops strike again! He brandished a knife and they let him escape. They don't have guns? Useless

That would have never happened in the States if a suspect was cornered like that, they didn’t even have taser guns. Astonishing!

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Just when I think I can’t have any less respect for the Japanese police, they go and do something like this.

They somehow let a suspect escape then also fail to quickly release information which could lead to his capture.

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J Cops perform well in this case, they working without Gun in the fear of what?

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I saw on NHK there were 5 or 6 cops that went to his house. He held up a knife, lunged at the Cops and ran to his Car and drove away. Alll 5 or 6 Cops must have just stood around looking at each other while this suspect drove away. Japanese Cops are so weak. In America it takes one Cop to stop a suspect with a knife. In Japan, 6 Cops can't even stop one person.

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