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Man arrested on suspicion of attempting to kidnap 12-year-old girl in Aichi

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A 33-year-old company employee has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward.

According to police, Ayumu Shibayama approached the girl in his vehicle and suggested to give her a lift back home just after midnight on Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The girl had gone to a convenience store near her house.

Shibayama drove the girl around for around 10 minutes after picking her up, police said. Meanwhile, a passerby who had noticed that Shibayama was following the girl with his vehicle close to the convenience store contacted the police. Authorities found Shibayama’s car nearby and took the girl home.

Shibayama has pleaded not guilty and was quoted by police as saying he had no intention to kidnap the girl, but just wanted to “take her back home.”

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Time to blame the victim...Why in tha hell would she get into a creepy guy's car late at night in tha first place?

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

To be fair, in the old days, if a citizen were to find a child walking around at midnight they'd be obliged to accompany them home, especially if it were cold and rainy outside.

Is it a crime for one person to take another home?

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Why is a 12 year old girl walking around alone at midnight anyway? Always best to not invite disaster if you can.

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saying he had no intention to kidnap the girl, but just wanted to “take her back home.”

Ohhh so thoughtful!!

Lock him up.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Creepy, but I doubt a conviction will stick.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Is it a crime for one person to take another home?

Maybe not, but following a child you don't know and taking him or her in you car is suspicious.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It's unfortunate that, in today's society we have to believe the worst. It is quite possible he only wanted to give her a lift home, but not plausible.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

A 12 year old girl out alone at midnight!? Even if it was just to go to the combini near her home the parents still deserve a slap, they are potentially all very lucky a member of the public was alert.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Well really questionable what proper parent let their underage child roam into convenience store after midnight. Then again, he had been following he with a vehicle, probably could have driven away to indulge in his own lifestory, but well. There is no telling whether he is a hero or a villain unless someone reads his thoughts.

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DisillusionedToday 08:46 am JSTIt's unfortunate that, in today's society we have to believe the worst. It is quite possible he only wanted to give her a lift home, but not plausible.

are you serious? in what century was it ok for some 33 year-old guy to "help" a child that wasn't lost? she just walked to the nearest conbini to get something.

and btw, what the heck were her parents thinking? one, letting her go by herself to conbini at midnight. and two, not teaching her any better than to never get into a car with a stranger. the parents are lucky she's still alive and not harmed.

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Man, back in elementary school in the 80s, my class invited a police officer to speak to us as part of the "say no to strangers" campaign. It was like 1st or 2nd grade and forever shaped my mind. Do they do that here?

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Shibayama drove the girl around for around 10 minutes after picking her up, police said.

Either she lives quite far from that conbini or his satnav wasn't working.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I used to live in Nagoya, they don't call it little detroit for nothing.

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I agree his actions seem suspicious.

But if a 12 year old girl were walking alone a quiet forest road at the dead of night, would it be a crime to a 33 year old man to stop and offer her a lift home, especially if she seemed lost or if was rainy or cold.

Where I grew up, it's a plausible scenario, and in those days, people would have expected the adult man to offer help and then wouldn't have immediately assumed he was a perv.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

A 12 year old to go the the combini before 10pm is OK in a local area, where somebody noticed. But 12am? When I was 12, 9:30pm was bedtime, or the wooden spoon! I wonder if there is any pachinko in Nagoya? They close at 10pm, so maybe the parents told her to turn off the video game and go and buy her combini dinner, and bring back a packet of cigs.

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@Burning Bush

I lived in the country side half of my life so I see what you mean. But as you say yourself, "in those days". But the world changes.

You can still do it though : just call the police and explain the situation.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

It looks really suspicious, but as someone pointed out, it's up to the cops to prove guilt. But what what exactly was the crime? I suppose they could beat a confession out if him.

But as long as the guy sticks to his story, true or not, I don't see what the cops will manage to accomplish, aside from getting him fired.

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The guy has not broken any laws, unless the girl says he has. The police will probably have to let him go.

In my daughter's case a man went a lot further than that but when I went to the police station, they said if he had not put his hand inside her clothing they could do nothing. Even though he had exposed himself to her on her way home from elementary school, and forcefully placed her hand on his thingy. They laughed to one another, commenting "Another young idiot."

Something I will never forget.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

In many “third-world” countries, children routinely hitchhike to school with strangers, nobody there presumes anything perverted.

I wonder, who is more civilized, them or us?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

"..Is it a crime for one person to take another home?"

The next time you feel like helping girl walking alone at night, dont approach her just notify the police about her where abouts.

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The description in the story does not make sense. So he drove her around, and then they found his vehicle. So what exactly happened? If he dropped her off near her house, there is no crime and no case. Or was he stopped while driving away with her? The article does not say so.

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