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Man arrested after 18-year-old girl stabbed on train platform at Sendai station

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Police in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 27-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing an 18-year-old schoolgirl as she was waiting for a train on a crowded platform on Thursday morning.

According to police, the girl was stabbed in the back at around 7:30 a.m. at JR Sendai Station, Sankei Shimbun reported. She told police she didn't feel anything at first until another commuter pointed out to her that she was bleeding from the back. She was taken to hospital but her wound is not life-threatening, police said.

Surveillance camera footage showed a man walk up beside the girl, suddenly pull out a needle-like object and stab her in the back before fleeing. The girl told police the man said nothing and that she had never seen him before.

The suspect was taken into custody at around 2 p.m. at Rifu Station, which is four stations away from Sendai Station. Police said he has admitted to stabbing the girl and said he used an awl which he threw away.

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nutter alert. why dont these people stab themselves instead and leave us normal people alone

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Would love to see a camera still of this guy. Hope he gets caught quickly an locked away and I hope the girl is ok. Also I seriously hope the needle-like object wasn't contaminated by anything.

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Real mental health issues are popping out all over safety Japan.

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Sounds like a bizarre crime. He might be a criminal for pleasure, if you will. It was a good thing that her wound was not fatal. Hope the police catch the nutter as early as possible.

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from the description of the suspect, I can safely deduce it was MARIO trying to hide his identity by wearing blue instead of red.

your welcome, society.

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The nut cases come out every summer.

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Stabbed makes it sound like the loon used a knife, surely if a needle like object was used, shouldn't the verb instead be (p)ricked ... Sorry some stupid software on JT won't let me write this verb (your comment wasn't posted because it contains potentially offensive content)

Summer brings out all the nutters wielding sharp objects.

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Probably the closest thing to sex that he will ever have

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Hope they catch the guy before he goes further and his aim improves.

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A suspect was taken into custody at another train station around 2:00 in the afternoon.

Alistair Carnell at Aug. 04, 2016 - 04:44PM JST "Stabbed makes it sound like the loon used a knife, surely if a needle like object was used, shouldn't the verb instead be (p)ricked ... "

Too bad you weren't allowed to use that perfectly good verb! Anyway, Japanese accounts referred to an ice pick like object not a needle. And regardless of the instrument I would think the difference between stabbing and that other verb would be the angle and depth of insertion, not the instrument itself.

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Stabbing is perfect for this case. A longer deeper cut from a knife would be slashing. Stabbing is a penetrating thrust of a thin sharp blade like a dagger or stiletto.

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I would like to see a report with statistics but I get the feeling that stabbing cases are getting more and more frequent, unfortunately. It makes you wonder if it is due to a copycat effect...

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So, they've picked him up already. Good stuff! Now, we just have to wait for commonly recycled motive. "I just wanted to stab someone."

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@Disillusioned or "i was stressed" or"i don't remember anything" had to look up what an awl was.

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Watch out forks its August now and the nuts are out in full force.

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Some aspects of this are mildly interesting. First of all, I was dressed exactly this guy and apparently there were a large number of people moving around looking for him because the surveillance shots of him were extremely good. It made the afternoon kind of humorous for people who know me and wanted to turn me in. There were a few. People who know me best were the first to want to see me behind bars, naturally.

Reports also described the guy as middle aged. Yeah. He was 27. Which makes me a fossil, I guess.

And I guess the second bit is that the surveillance was so good. Here you have a victim who did not even know she was a victim. Nobody actually witnessed it, as far as I know, and they tracked this guy down in a city of a million or so, and it took them a matter of hours, not days.

People do these attacks because of the anonymity of crowds. Forget that. Those days are gone. Crowds are watched closely. And if you get away from the crowds, you are still tracked by highway cameras, neighbors..... of course, if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear, right?

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Stab

verb: thrust a knife or other pointed weapon into (someone) so as to wound or kill.

noun: a thrust with a knife or other pointed weapon.

I'd say an awl is a pointed weapon.

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Kobe White Bar Owner at Aug. 05, 2016 - 11:08AM JST "Watch out forks its August now and the nuts are out in full force."

I wouldn't want to be stabbed by an awl, or a fork, either ;-)

Glad the girl wasn't seriously injured and glad they caught the guy so quickly.

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Stressed from Pachinko losses ...

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Summer? I'm sorry to have to say it, but the nutters know no seasonal limits. Watch your back at all times.

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I find it quite odd that criminals are identified by their employment status.

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Talked with some 18 year old girls who use Sendai Station today. Apparently, local schools and juku/yobikou announced that young women should avoid the station if they are travelling alone. At least that is what they were announcing until they caught the guy.

So let's review. 0 Some girl gets stabbed and does not notice. 0 plus ten minutes? Someone notices the injury 0 plus twenty minutes? Crime is reported and police and security are playing back tapes and identifying the guy. 0 plus thirty minutes? Announcements are going out to area schools and businesses. 0 plus two hours? They catch the guy. He confesses and describes the weapon and where he pitched it. Case wrapped up and ready for prosecuting. Victim is being treated with public insurance. Another crazy is off the streets.

I for one am pretty amazed. Yes. Japan is a functioning civilization.

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@5SpeedRacer5 I for one am pretty amazed. Yes. Japan is a functioning civilisation.

Well, if you read the article again, it says he was caught 6-7 hours later at a station 4 stops away from the scene of the crime. No details supplied, but his clothes would almost certainly have been bloodstained, and given what little we know (he's a nutter), he would surely have aroused a few suspicions among even the most dim-witted train station staff, sitting on the platform for hours on end twitching and barking and god knows what. I don't see this one as a triumph of Japanese police work.

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