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Man arrested over attempted sexual assault of high school girl

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Police in Chiba City have re-arrested a 52-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted sexual assault after he threw a towel over a 17-year-old high school girl and tried to force her into his car.

According to police, the suspect, Nobuo Kawabata, had already been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on July 29. Kyodo News reports that he has now been charged over an earlier incident that occurred on July 13.

In the July 13 incident, Kawabata is accused of approaching the teenage girl who was walking alone to school in Chuo Ward. He reportedly offered to "wipe her hair because it was wet" and suddenly covered her head with a bath towel. The girl said he then grabbed her arm and attempted to drag her inside his car. However, she broke free and managed to run away.

Kawabata was first arrested on Aug 9 over the July 29 incident. Police rearrested him on Wednesday after street surveillance camera footage identified his car in the July 13 incident.

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Phew! Lock him up and chopum off!

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He reportedly offered to "wipe her hair because it was wet"

Okay. This is a new one. I will tell my girls to watch out for guys with towels.

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If it weren't so god damn scary, it'd be funny.

Glad she got away. Anybody else missing nearby recently?

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How crazy can he be? Making news happen.

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"According to police, the suspect, Nobuo Kawabata, had already been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on July 29. Kyodo News reports that he has now been charged over an earlier incident that occurred on July 13.

*Kawabata was first arrested on Aug 9 over the July 29 incident. Police rearrested him on Wednesday after street surveillance camera footage identified his car in the July 13 incident."*

The article does not make it clear whether or not Kawabata was still in custody from the first arrest when he was "re-arrested".

In the US, and many other countries, if he was still in custody, they would simply add charges. They would only "re-arrest", if the accused was not in their custody. (out on bail, house arrest, own recognizance, etc.)

If he wasn't still in custody from the first arrest, that's pretty screwed up.

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Everything indicates he wanted to kidnap the girls.

On the other hand, I fail to see how he could be accused of sexualt assaultif he grabbed arms or wanted to dry their hairs.

Kidnapping is also a very serious crime.

How can somebody this age turn into a such heinous perv ? Needs to be investigated for previous all cases of disappearance even decades ago. Search for hidden rooms in his home.

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Lock him up this is the second time this guy did this, he is a sexual predator

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@garypen May I add in the US he would be in PROTECTIVE CUSTODY, fearing for his own life inside. He would be locked up, but with like minded individuals if he was in the general prison population he is DOA once he hits his cell or the jail yard!! In the US that is the worst crime to be locked up for because you have an automatic hit on your head. Prisoners have their own jail house rules and predators especially sexual molesters of women and children they don't tolerate.

In the US, if he was still in custody, they would simply add charges.

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If he wasn't still in custody from the first arrest, that's pretty screwed up.

Why was this sick predator still free to do this crime two more times? WTH is this?

kaimycahlSep. 1  10:21 pm JST

@garypen May I add in the US he would be in PROTECTIVE CUSTODY, fearing for his own life inside. He would be locked up, but with like minded individuals if he was in the general prison population he is DOA once he hits his cell or the jail yard!! In the US that is the worst crime to be locked up for because you have an automatic hit on your head. Prisoners have their own jail house rules and predators especially sexual molesters of women and children they don't tolerate.

May I mention the black musician R Kelly? He got beat up by a white cellmate and race had nothing to do with it. The assaulter (a robber) frankly said that he beat up Kelly because of his record of sexual molesting of teenagers. Pedos are like the bottom rung in prisons.

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Okay. This is a new one. I will tell my girls to watch out for guys with towels.

Just when you think you've heard it all...

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Attempted kidnap more like.

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Glad the girl was able to break free and the police apprehended the culprit.

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Jonathan PrinSep. 1 09:24 pm JST

On the other hand, I fail to see how he could be accused of sexualt assaultif he grabbed arms or wanted to dry their hairs.

I know, right? All he wanted to do was to help her dry off her nice, shiny, long black, oh-so-soft hair ... and rub her head, and maybe have her sit on his lap while he does it.

Nothing fishy about that, is there. Not at all sexual! Totally innocent.

Oh, except for the kidnapping part.

But I'm sure that he only wanted to kidnap her in order to help her dry her hair.

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