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Suspect escapes Mito police station after cop's tea drugged

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Police on Monday were searching for a suspect who escaped from a police station in Mito on Friday afternoon after the officer questioning him fell asleep due to a narcotic in his green tea. Police said the 24-year-old detainee, Naoki Tsuge who had been arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, fled after the officer drank the sleep-inducing drug in his tea and dozed off.

Police said the drug had been prescribed for another detainee by a doctor, but they have no idea how the drug got into the officer's tea, or whether Tsuge or someone else at the police station laced the tea. Police said there was no opportunity for Tsuge and the other detainee to have met, nor was there any evidence they know each other.

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Ha! A likely story. The cop made up this story to cover up his negligence. It will come out soon enough, wait and see.

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Take a step back for a moment and consider this scenario if you will.

Cop #1 makes tea with the sleeping drug for the detainee it was originally intended for and leaves it lying around. Cop #2 sees the tea, thinks nothing of it, drinks it and passes out. Cop #1 and Cop #2 realize they screw up and decide to pass the blame onto Tsuge-san who was wise enough to walk out on a sleeping cop.

Way to go Mito-Vice! Great detective work.

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This incident, following on from that one last week where the suspect untied himself and escaped while the cop slept, makes me wonder how much security there is in a police station in Japan. Aren't there police walking up and down the hallways, at the front desk, standing at the entrance to the building, etc. How does a suspect waltz out without being challenged by anyone? The moniker Keystone Kops is well deserved.

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what the heck are they doing in these police stations? it certainly isn`t police work.

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good story Rockballs.

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I wonder if they'll toss the cop's home for contraband, like they did with the SMAP guy.

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Funny or sad, the post by Rockballs sounds like the best answer.

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smartacus: Aren't there police walking up and down the hallways, at the front desk, standing at the entrance to the building, etc.

Yes. But they do not tattoo a suspect's forehead with the word "suspect".

How does a suspect waltz out without being challenged by anyone? The moniker Keystone Kops is well deserved.

Lack of manpower on particular cases. More manpower would be great. You do not mind footing the bill personally do you?

outofmydepth: what the heck are they doing in these police stations? it certainly isn`t police work.

Actually, it is police work; japan style. Its not perfect, but seems to work well enough in Japan. I certainly prefer this sort of news to "two cops shot dead in Lousiana and perp shot to death also".

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keystone doesn't even begin to describe that lot

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What I want to know is: How much green tea did they have do drink to come up with that ludicrious excuse?

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**what the heck are they doing in these police stations? it certainly isn`t police work

During this period of the year, they can have a reason to blame it on "新入社員" I mean the new recruits.

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Cops in Japan are such a joke. They remind me of something I use to find in a cracker-jack-box. I have no further comments. But, for this news, OMG! Ocha anyone? chotto kyukei shioka. omoshiroi.

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Actually, it is police work; japan style. Its not perfect, but seems to work well enough in Japan. I certainly prefer this sort of news to "two cops shot dead in Lousiana and perp shot to death also".

The JT day is never complete without another non-sensical, rambling diatribe based on everything but the facts from likeitis

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Is this 1st of April 2010 joke? I can't believe reading this story. I'm in doubt about this cop. Hope that truth will come out soon. To me it is cover up. Cop like a 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' in Spring of Japan.

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And then on Saturday morning the police stopped many drivers, while it was raining and asked them, if they had seen the subject. I was stopped in my car on the way to the language school, too. They explained the situation to me, showed me a picture of the guy and wanted to see my driving license.

... and I felt sorry for the policemen standing outside in the rain.

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I wonder if they thought of looking at the suspect's house for the suspect. He probably just walked home and has been busy on his PS3 since then.

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Any description of Tsuge other than that he's 24 years old?

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Actually, it is police work; japan style. Its not perfect, but seems to work well enough in Japan.

I want to know where you stay in Japan likeitis, because it has to be way better than all of us. I do not know any place where the JP is any good.

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what the heck are they doing in these police stations?

They are entertaining us!

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I smell a demotion and or tranfer to a Koban way out in the country for this copper.

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That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

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hoserfella at 06:30 PM JST - 27th April

“The JT day is never complete without another non-sensical, rambling diatribe based on everything but the facts from likeitis”

Hoserfella, I think you will find that like most of us here Likeitis gets a little tired of the childish extremism on JT & simply tries to bring a little balance to the thread. Maybe not always successfully, but at least he tries rather that joins in with the unthinking group mentality we get here so often. Just try to keep in mind that like the rest of us here you are just another JT puppet on the end of a string, we are made to dance to bring in more puppets & so pay the rent. By that I mean JT publishes what it thinks will get the best responses, more responses equals higher site figures, higher site figures equals better advertising revenue. Japanese police doing stupid things is almost as good as US military getting arrested or Japanese girls in short skirts. That does not mean that I am saying the Japanese police are anything thing but comic, but they are working in Japan, so what do you want, New York, London, Paris, Madrid type police? It wouldn’t work, each to their own. The Japanese police are for the Japanese people & for them it works, transplant these to anywhere else & yes they would be well out of their depth.

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It wouldn’t work, each to their own.

Why would it not work? Seriously?

Agree with what you have to say about JT, pretty sure that is common knowledge, I think anyway. But what about his post is not extremely childish or just baiting?

Yes. But they do not tattoo a suspect's forehead with the word "suspect". -childish- Lack of manpower on particular cases. More manpower would be great. You do not mind footing the bill personally do you? -baiting- Actually, it is police work; japan style. Its not perfect, but seems to work well enough in Japan. I certainly prefer this sort of news to "two cops shot dead in Lousiana and perp shot to death also". -childish/baiting-

I can understand you wanting to defend your friend, but I do not see the point if his or her arguements are childish at best.

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Once again we fail to realise the pain and suffering the poor bloke must of suffered when the policeman took his medicine...

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Am I sensing a fellow cop tried to pull a prank on his colleague, and it backfired big time? Because seriously -- unless the original perp laced the officer's tea, or unless the officer did it himself, I can't dream up another explanation.

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Ok, you arrest somebody and bring them to a police station to question them... and that person puts a sedative into a cup o' tea to be drunk by an officer. Thats the first wrong thing with this whole scenario. Mr/Ms/orMrs police officer left something in the room that they were going to use without monitering it. Just how bloody stoopid can one be???

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Sarge at 09:38 PM JST - 27th April

"Any description of Tsuge other than that he's 24 years old"?

Yep, about this tall, hold your hand out at 5'5". Black hair. Small eyes. Wears correction shoes. Speaks good Japanese. And is quicker than the cops.

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Suddenly the plots of Lupin III don't seem too outlandish.

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Okinawa - Thanks, that narrows it down, heh heh.

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I guess it is as their own program says: "waratte mo ii desu", it is ok to laugh. Adding to description, "long kinpatsu hair, with dirty looking jeans and worn out jacket". And maybe, "packman looking face".

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Worlds. Dumbest. Cop.

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As I have seen the suspects picture, he had a light brown sweatshirt, his face has a small scar (maybe from pocks). His hair is not so long - several cm and sticking in all directions, not following the head contour. His skin color is a light brown. He does not have a beard, and no glasses. He does not have wrinkles in his face and also no double chin.

Basically his face looks plain.

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There are two stories going on here. One is about an arrested dude escaping, and the other is about a cop that got drugged by some fellow cop. Weird.

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It's quite obvious that this bloke offered to make/get tea for the copper and himself.

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Here's a simple yet often over-looked answer...

You have a police force full of incompetent idiots....!

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A Japanese version of 'cops' (comedy of course) begs to be made. Only last week that guy escaped Nishinomiya copshop in similar circumstances.I was at a bar the next day when some drunken idiot lost his jacket (behind the bar..duh) and the promptly made a big scene about calling the cops.5 minutes later he is looking sheepish and makes a quick exit as two of Nishinomiya's finest arrive on Motorbikes (took less than 5 mins I will give them that much) at which point I pointed out I was glad that they were not asleep on the job.One guy grinned and said 'how do you know about that??' 'Oh..EVERYONE in Japan knows about it,mate' I answered.

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