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Suspect who escaped from police station while cop slept turns himself in

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A 32-year-old man, who was arrested for theft on Monday afternoon, escaped from Nishinomiya police station after the 19-year-old police officer watching him in the questioning room dozed off.

Police mobilized about 170 officers to find Takami Yonezawa, an unemployed resident of Osaka City, but he turned himself in on Tuesday at around 1 p.m., accompanied by a lawyer. He denied the allegation of theft, and did not elaborate on why he ran out of the police station nor why he turned himself in.

Police said Yonezawa was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of theft, accused of stealing a bag from a parked car in Nishinomiya City at around 3 a.m. that morning. He was taken to Nishinomiya police station where a 34-year-old sergeant and a 19-year-old constable started questioning him at around 3.30 p.m.

About half an hour later, the sergeant left the room for 10 minutes to print out some documents, during which time the constable fell asleep. Yonezawa was not handcuffed while in the room, but was bound to the chair he was sitting in by a rope. He was able to free himself from that, left the room, and managed to leave the police station without being seen.

Police said the 19-year-old constable had graduated from the academy in January, after which he was dispatched to Nishinomiya police station. This month, he has been undergoing training in criminal procedures. As to why he fell asleep, the constable said he was tired, and along with the sergeant may be subject to disciplinary measures.

Chiaki Yoneda, chief of the police station, said there was no procedural issue with arresting Yonezawa twice for the same alleged theft, and said he was disappointed his officers had created unease among the public.

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that is hilarous! doesn't get more Japanese than this

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I'm not sure which is funnier: Dozing off after 10 mins or Being bound to a chair with rope or A 19 year old constable?????

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As to why he fell asleep, the constable said he was tired.

This is my favourite quote this year.

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Love the use of rope. Maybe they use carrier pigeons to send messages too.

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no way...these imbeciles deserve every bit of bile they get.I was wondering why there was a solitary police officer standing out like a sore thumb outside Nishinomiya station the other day. Someone really ought to write a humiliating book about the stuff-ups of the Japanese police. The rope is usually only used when transporting groups of prisoners (roped together)or moving a prisoner around teh station..usually suspects are handcuffed,with their hands in front of them.These are usually removed during questioning.

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There is nothing to see here. Move on, Move on! Haven't all of you got better things to do with your life! Show me your ID cards!

All this young policeman was doing was practicing for when he makes Detective Chief Superintendent. For those of you that don't know, other important criteria for senior Police rank are the ability to suck one's teeth after meals, smoke like a chimney and have a general inability to act. Furthermore, it is also understood that senior officers will have a solid background in both sexist and xenophobic behavior. I wonder how far this young policeman has advanced in his study of these important qualities?

By the way, only in Japan would the criminal hand himself back to the police. Just goes to show how organized crime is in Japan with all the stakeholders understanding their place.

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Lol... yay for police bloopers.

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to quote Sean Connery in "Untouchables"; "There goes the next chief of police"...

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created unease among the public

Is there an official public anxiety meter used by the police to test when they "create unease among the public", or do the cops just feel better faking remorse with this kind of suck up comment for public consumption?

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The 19 year old just did what came natuarally to him during his last 7 years of schooling in Japan.........sleep. Can you pick the correct answer as to what will happen next: a) the 19 year old will end his life because of embarrassment and constant jibes made by his workmates. b) the person in charge will do the japanese deep bow to the TV cameras and all will be forgotten. c) his superior will take full responsibilty and resign......cough cough cough. d) Nothing at all because this is Japan and nothing the keystone cops do surprises anyone.

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this is funny!LOL!

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Did they tie both his hands or one? Don't they have a handcuff?

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And people wonder why others bash the J-police! Hilarious!

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Why isn't this in the entertainment section?

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Did they tickle the truth out of him after tying him up with rope? Maybe threatened him with the prospect of being put in a bath of eels then shown on TV. This is a really funny story, they didn't create any stress to the public at all, its comic relief, far better than the stupid comedians I have seen on TV.

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This story is too funny. The police should have used velcro. LOL

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You know, sometimes I really love Japan for this sort of thing. Everything turns out alright in the end. I hope they don't give the young cop too hard of a time. Ha haa!

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too funny.. so, he was arrested for stealing a bag, but sounds like there was no bag in his possesion.. good work bailing out and coming back with a lawyer.. well done.

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poor sleepy cop, you are so cute, sleeping on your post. It was lucky the criminal was kind and did not injure you. Next time be more careful and do not sleep on your job.

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hehehe well what was he supposed to do, sit there and look at him? This young guy should be handed his own koban

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They mobilized 170 men to get a thief ?? God,what do they do when there's a real criminal around ?? Hilarious stuff.

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I go to Hyogo at the end of the month, i feel safer allready

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A 19 year old cop in a country where you're not an adult until you turn 20? Tying somebody to a chair with rope? I agree that someone should write a book of police blunders in Japan, and then get Mel Brooks to make it into a movie!

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Bound by a rope?

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bound to the chair he was sitting in by a rope

too funny!

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are they sure they werent in the basement at Zeds hous with all this tying people to chairs with rope? very dubious

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The questioning was meant to put the suspect on good sleep

rather it effected the young cop........

and not just that........it was already his break time.........

taking a nap during the break is allowed..isnt it ??

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taking a nap is ok. the police man was tired after hard work.

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are they sure they werent in the basement at Zeds hous

hahahaha love the pulp fiction reference

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Why would they use a rope? isn't this 2009?

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The rope detail is kind of interesting

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Next we'll find out he had a ball gag in his mouth.

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I'm sure Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin are gigglin' now!

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Potsu -"They mobilized 170 men to get a thief ??" Not because of the level of the crime, but because of the embarrassment to the police:-)

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"Why did you fall asleep?"

"Because I was tired."

"Oh... OK."

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WHAT kind of rope torture where they going to use ?

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This poor slob was probably told to turn himself in by his family.

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Why were they using rope ? An S&M thing ?

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Why were they using rope ? An S&M thing ?

Do you imagine that no one has escaped when handcuffs were used?

Usually when I see cops with a suspect or prisoner, they have a rope attached to him like a leash. Seems smart to me. Even a handcuffed guy cant get away from you, but no solution is perfect.

But, yes, I think it is an S&M thing too frankly. But its has good points. For example, its cost effective.

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The guy left because he couldn't take the torture of boredom in the interrogation room. Even the officer watching him fell victim to the intense level of boredom, and was finally overtaken. Worse than water-boarding. I think that being tied up with rope in a law enforcement facility is a crime of some sort. This whole thing is just too funny for words. Send the police officers to seaman school so they can learn to tie knots!

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You have to love japan and the stupidity.

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Thanks for the laugh JT.

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keystone cops.

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but was bound to the chair he was sitting in by a rope.

Unbelievable....?

Bound by a rope....?

Is this a misprint...?

WTF....?

These cops should be arrested for being idiots, and for their conduct...?

They teach this at the Japanese police academy...? WTF...?

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"Hey what happened?"

"Huh, uh what do you mean?

"The prisoner. He is gone..."

"What? Him? Etoo... He is running a leg of the Police Eki-Den. Yes, thats right..."

"Very good. One day I will run in an Eki-Den"

"Zzzzzz"

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The young pup was too tired from walking the streets checking bicycles.

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I really think JT should provide an audio link to yakety sax music to accompany stories about Japanese police ...

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Police mobilized about 170 officers to find Takami Yonezawa

170 OFFICERS?! For an unemployed guy who's SUSPECTED of stealing ONE bag left in somebody's car at three in the morning? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? No theft is allowable under law, and if he's guilty then justice should be meted out accordingly. But seriously -- 170 officers? ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME?

And best of all -- THEY DIDN'T EVEN FIND HIM. He turned HIMSELF in.

Wow. Just... You have to laugh, or you'll break down and CRY at the incompetence.

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