A 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night after a 7-hour standoff on a rooftop in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture.
The man, identified as Shinsaku Matsumoto, was wanted on a charge of car theft, police said. When officers went to his apartment to arrest him, he went up to the roof, taking his 30-year-old girlfriend with him, Fuji TV reported.
For seven hours, the pair sat on the roof. Matsumoto brandished a knife and told police not to come near them or he would push his girlfriend off the roof.
The standoff ended at about 8:40 p.m. when police hurled teargas onto the roof. TV footage showed police aiming flashlights at Matsumoto while other officers threw teargas at him. Police then used forked rods to restrain Matsumoto. His girlfriend was also arrested for abetting a crime, police said.© Japan Today