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Knife-wielding man arrested in ex-girlfriend's apartment

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Police in Sapporo on Sunday arrested a 21-year-old man for unauthorized entry into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

According to police, the incident occurred in Toyohira Ward at around 12:10 a.m., Hokkaido TV reported. Police said a woman in her 20s showed up at a koban (police box) and said her ex-boyfriend was in her apartment, and had a knife.

The woman told police that on Saturday night, she and her former boyfriend, who is a university student, had exchanged messages on Line in which he said he was going to come over to her apartment, after which she told him not to.

Not knowing what to do, the woman told police she went outside for awhile to see if she could spot her ex-boyfriend coming. When she went back to her apartment, she found him inside. He said he had used a duplicate key to get in.

Then the woman ran for help to the koban. Police went to the apartment and arrested the man.

Police said the couple had recently broken up and quoted the man as saying he came to the woman’s apartment because he only wanted to talk to her.

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Copy cat?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I only wanted to talk to her.... and show her my new knife (?).

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Talk to her ..with a knife.

I hope you threw him off the balcony.

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The woman was very lucky to escape without being injured or worse, it would have been better that when she was outside she went to the koban instead of returning to her apartment alone but I guess hindsight is 20/20

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Psycho

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Not enough details. But from my experience knife wielding ex lovers are usually looking for attention and make a threat to harm themselves if the ex lover doesn’t take them back. The guy probably wasn’t dangerous, just desperate.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Another J guy not understanding when she says it’s over, it’s over. - Move on, J guys.

The only message to ‘exchange’ after ending it is: “Sorry you’ve misunderstood. Do not contact me again.” -

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Love is a funny thing.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

There are plenty of fish in the sea. Plenty.

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Can’t argue ‘your’ experience @Gaijinland but seems, in Japan, “knife wielding ex lovers” seem more often intent on doing harm to others first then may, or may not turn it on themeselves, usually with a cowardly quote: “I wanted to kill myself as well but couldn’t go through with it.”

*- @Gaijinland 8:37am: “Not enough details. But from my experience knife wielding ex lovers are usually looking for attention and make a threat to harm themselves if the ex lover doesn’t take them back. The guy probably wasn’t dangerous, just desperate.*

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Was he wielding his knife or her knife? They don't say.

Did he have a knife when police arrived? They don't say.

Certainly not enough information.

It could be her words only. Innocent until proven guilty?

However he is at least guilty of trespassing he shouldn't have entered her apartment.

Unless he was given the duplicate key which is kind of like giving permission to enter the apartment and if so then she should have changed the locks?

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

I hope the cops tuned him up after they booked him.

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snowymountainhellToday  09:02 am JST

Another J guy not understanding when she says it’s over, it’s over. - Move on, J guys.

"J guy" "J guys". That is a little rude, do you think it doesn't happen in other countries?

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You guys are so easy to judge.

said her ex-boyfriend was in her apartment, and had a knife.

However, we don't know if he really had a knife or not. Probably she has a knives at her home for cooking purposes and they are full of her ex-boyfriend fingerprints.

Don't underestimate Japanese girls.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

He was probably lurkin nearby. Smart girl watching from outside but hadn’t guess he’d already made a extra key and would sneak in while she’s out.

And J-guy’s no more offensive online than texting about J-cops, J pop, K pop, my Jgf, my Jbf or him calling me an egirl. Like Karens, some Kens and Gregs are way too sensitive about the wrong things and try to make a big deal over nothing.

This girl doesn’t need the grief and needs to move out before he gets out.

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Was he wielding his knife or her knife? They don't say.

Does it matter?

However he is at least guilty of trespassing he shouldn't have entered her apartment.

Yes.

Unless he was given the duplicate key which is kind of like giving permission to enter the apartment and if so then she should have changed the locks?

No.

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The Muffin Man from Machida says: There's Plenty of Fish in Metro Tokyo...Go FISH.

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Jeans and T-shirtToday 11:56 am JST

Was he wielding his knife or her knife? They don't say.

Does it matter?

Yes it matters why because woman can lie just to get you in trouble. My x-wife tried to do something similar.

Unless he was given the duplicate key which is kind of like giving permission to enter the apartment and if so then she should have changed the locks?

No.

Yes, as long as he's not breaking in. Not much police can do as it isn't breaking an entering. which might be why she said knife.

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Yes it matters why because woman can lie just to get you in trouble. My x-wife tried to do something similar.

Not the point. If he was indeed wielding a knife, and I agree that it's alleged at this point, it doesn't matter whose knife it was.

Yes, as long as he's not breaking in. Not much police can do as it isn't breaking an entering. which might be why she said knife

You said yourself he was trespassing - entering someone else's land or property without permission. Giving a partner a key to your apartment does not give them permission to enter your residence as and when they like after you've broken up.

It just seems you are looking for any excuse to victim blame. She shouldn't have given her (then) boyfriend a key, she should have changed the locks, she shouldn't keep knives in her apartment!? It's ridiculous.

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He shouldn't have been in the apartment in the first place

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It just seems you are looking for any excuse to victim blame.

Not at all ever heard of innocent until proven guilty?

All this is a she said he said situation.

Unless the police have any actual evidence I bet he is let go after a few hours.

Yes was it her knife or his knife is important.

it doesn't matter whose knife it was.

Certainly it matters to the credibility of the witness. If he indeed was wielding a knife and he bought it with him then her credibility goes up.

Giving a partner a key to your apartment does not give them permission to enter your residence as and when they like after you've broken up.

Sure, but is it actually breaking the law? I am a bit unsure about this. I am not aware of any law that would make it illegal to use the key he was given (if he was given it) If I am mistaken please let me know the law and which article it is under.

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Not at all ever heard of innocent until proven guilty

Sure. That's what courts are for. You seem to be under the impression that no one should ever be accused of anything. Also, according the article, no charges relating to the knife have been brought.

Unless the police have any actual evidence I bet he is let go after a few hours.

Possibly. There are the line messages and the fact that the man admitted to being in the apartment though.

Sure, but is it actually breaking the law? I am a bit unsure about this. I am not aware of any law that would make it illegal to use the key he was given (if he was given it) If I am mistaken please let me know the law and which article it is under.

I'm not a lawyer, but I assume it's something to do with the "unauthorized entry into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment" charge that he's facing. Do you let all your exes enter and leave your residence as they please just because you once gave them a key?

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I'm not a lawyer, but I assume it's something to do with the "unauthorized entry into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment" charge that he's facing.

Yea I looked that up but couldn't actually find anything that would stick if he had been given the key. If he secretly made the duplicate then it would.

Do you let all your exes enter and leave your residence as they please just because you once gave them a key?

No I would have changed the lock on the day I broke up knowing I had given them a key. Then I would have organized a time and place for them to pick up any items they had had at my place.

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Do you know what 'unauthorized' means? It means if you don't want a person in your apartment, they shouldn't be in there. Key or not. If they enter without your consent (and the woman had "told him not to,") they are trespassing.

Again, you're victim blaming. She didn't change the locks. So what? 'Should have" doesn't equal 'have to." And being an apartment, she'd have to get permission first anyway.

If he secretly made the duplicate then it would.

The article quotes him as saying he used a duplicate, not that she had given him a key, so either could be true. But I still don't think it matters.

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Do you let all your exes enter and leave your residence as they please just because you once gave them a key?

No I would have changed the lock on the day I broke up knowing I had given them a key. 

So the answer to my question is no. Thanks.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Can Japanese men learn to swallow their pride….. please…..

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@James Good logical reasoning but don't expect many agreements here. As you pointed out there needs to be more information to form a good opinion.

Was he wielding his knife or her knife? They don't say.

Did he have a knife when police arrived? They don't say.

Certainly not enough information.

It could be her words only. Innocent until proven guilty?

However he is at least guilty of trespassing he shouldn't have entered her apartment.

Unless he was given the duplicate key which is kind of like giving permission to enter the apartment and if so then she should have changed the locks

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Thanks ghosh she is ok! Restraining order!

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kaimycahl (quoting James)

Was he wielding his knife or her knife? They don't say.

If he was wielding a knife, it doesn't matter.

Unless he was given the duplicate key which is kind of like giving permission to enter the apartment and if so then she should have changed the locks

Permission can easily be revoked, and any reasonable person would expect permission to enter someone's apartment would be when the relationship ends. Would you simply let yourself in to an exes apartment simply because you had a key? If you gave a plumber a key to do some work while you were out, would you allow them to use it again at some later date without permission?

Even landlords aren't able to enter their tenants' apartments anytime or for no reason. They have to give notice, stick to reasonable hours and so on. Unless it's an emergency. If you gave a plumber a key to do some work while you are out, would you allow them to use it again at some later date without permission?

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