When I arrived to work today my office was abuzz with breaking news about a 25 year-old German national who was wanted by the police. His face was everywhere, even the train’s breaking news TVs. No one in the office knew what he did only that a scary foreigner (that looks suspiciously like Snowden) was creeping around Japan, up to no good.
Co-workers talked about seeing interviews with nervous Japanese families worried that the evil foreigner was going to attack their kids. The nervous families made me think that maybe the German was a kiddy diddler which would spell bad news for all foreigners, like it did in Korea a couple of years ago. Searches online for “escaped German” did bring up a 25 year-old German, an anti-whaling activist, who was arrested in Tsuji for “damaging” a statue, but later news confirmed it wasn’t him.
Later in the day we found out the full story. One German national, Shchus Petro Vladimirovic, was brought into Sendai Central Police Station in Aoba Ward for questioning after getting into an altercation with hotel staff. Under questioning for about two weeks Vladimirovic decided he had enough and made a break for it. Japanese police can keep you locked up for 21 days without charges (as we know all to well).
Standard procedure is to tie a foreigner to a chair with rope and to also have them handcuffed but for some reason this was not done. When a police officer had to go out of the room to check something, Vladimirovic seized his chance and nonchalantly walked out of the interrogation room wearing nothing but slippers, a button up shirt and some light trousers. Then he somehow Jason Bourned his way down from the 4th floor of the police station and hit the road. Every few hours today they’ve done updates on his progress as he successfully hitched rides through-out rural Japan begging for clothes along the way using broken English and simple Japanese.
And so Japan waits with baited breath as this dangerous fugitive criss crossing the country but if you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find him… maybe you can hire… The German.
UPDATE! Japan Safe! German Captured!
In an effort to find The German Japanese police taped a message, in German, assuring the fugitive that he wouldn’t be hurt if he turned himself in. They then rented cars with giant speakers and drove slowly around the countryside broadcasting the message in hopes The German would hear it. It is unknown if the message was received but the fugitive finally turned himself in. As he traveled around the countryside Japanese residents took pity on him and gave him some clothes.
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Poor bastard probably had enough of being treated like a terrorist or something, not being aware of the police primitive methods in this country and thought well if they aren’t going to charge me, I’ve had enough of this shit and made for the door. “Attacked a policeman”, that’s a laugh. he pushed his arm out of the way…attack?! and the big tough policeman couldn’t restrain his prisoner? Is this really a news item or an early April fools day gag. I can’t believe this is serious.Oh and all the locals being scardy cats about the big gaijin monster that might gobble up their kids.REALLY people this is 2013 AD, not 500 BC, do these people live in caves or something.Lest they forget, there are 7,000,000,000 on the planet now and only 130,000,000 of them are Japanese. So there are a lot of us “gaijins” around, this country needs to lose this phobia and join the rest of the planet! Run dude! Run!
Expel the foreign escapers! – Tokugawa Cheaphouse
Gotta catch him first LOL!!
Cops are shit. I hate them. This kid has balls. Kid, if you read this, Gaijinass is on your side.
Did Mr. Shchus have any legal presentation up to the day that he’d escaped? Was he aware at all that he could be detained for up to 21 days before release? The escape makes little sense otherwise. He must have been confused about his predicament. Can anyone answer these questions?
Correction: legal representation
Need updates on this, maybe some sweet urban legends and supposed sightings.
You can rest in peace tonight! The German has been captured!
Why would we rest in peace, I was hoping the poor bugger got clean away.They seriously need to catch up with the civilized world on how they treat people arrested in this country.
You mean the rest of the world does’t tie their prisoners to chairs with rope?
Not in the civilized parts of the world,no. And mostly charges must be filed after 24 to 48 hours not 21 days. Plus you get your rights read to you and legal rep immediately if requested…end of “questioning”
The ‘poor bugger’ got quite some issues and is well known to some at the place he studied. Which ends up to at least 10 girls (that I know of) who felt very much harassed by him (hint: don’t try kissing girls you don’t know at all), in one case a report due to sexual harassment (another hint: don’t try shoving girls into corners when ‘flirting’, and don’t stalk them) and two ongoing trials for bodily injury.
Coincidence I am sure, but the singularly most offensive and aggresive man toward Japanese women I ever met was German. He was tall, good looking and blond and such a twat. He would open groups of girls with “Konnichiwa. Ladies I have a question, is it true that the average age for girls to lose their virginity here is 12 years old?” And he was serious.
Well I have met A holes from many different countries, let’s not fall into the trap of generalization based the behaviour of a few, or we would all be screwed.
Funny, I lived in Japan for a number of years and at no point did the police really bother me. Are some cops douches? I’m sure they are, but if you don’t give them a reason to deal with you, then you won’t have a problem in the first place. I suspect this German guy just came to Japan for the ladies, was too aggressive in chasing strange and somebody decided to do something about it.