Man arrested for threatening truck driver with toy gun in Tochigi


A 47-year-old man has been arrested for threatening another man with a toy gun over a spat the two had on a road in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, police said.

According to police, the incident occurred just after noon on Tuesday. Akihiro Tanaka was driving his vehicle behind a truck on the road, when he started honking multiple times at the truck, Sankei Shimbun reported. Tanaka then passed the truck and stopped in front of it. He then demanded that the truck driver get out. Tanaka accused the truck driver of going through a red signal and pointed a toy gun to his head, threatening to kill him.

The truck driver reported the incident to the police, which led to Tanaka’s arrest.

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Did he know it was a toy gun when it happened, or did he find out later? Threatening to kill someone is an assault, even if you're pointing a toy at them.

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this seems to be regular news recently.

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I wonder why he was carrying a toy gun in his car? Young son maybe?

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Oh yeah, the tempers be flaring soon, at the drop of a hat. Especially with loons walking around with a chip on their shoulder. Good thing the police were on the case.

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Wow! Some of those BB pistols look pretty damn real. They'd give you a nasty sting at close range too. I'm curious to know what the nutter was charged with.

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If he is that angry about one person going through a red light, he would have a heart attack in Kansai.

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usually its the truck drivers bullying people on the road, at least on the Tomei highway

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If this toy gun was an air-soft gun then it would look like the real deal even up close.

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Maybe he should have just pointed the "toy" gun at his own head and said, "Back off or I'll kill myself" ?

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Not a BB or airsoft, surely, or they would have said so. Probably one of those black cap-gun revolvers.

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"Maybe he should have just pointed the "toy" gun at his own head and said, "Back off or I'll kill myself" ?"

Ha ha maybe he should have done their clap, blow and chant and give him one of those small black and white balloons with the Japanese angry devil face.

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