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  1. #61
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    Kazuki Nishimura

    It's never a good idea to brag to police about anything really.

    Ninja burglar arrested in Japan, brags to police about how much he can bench press
    Casey Baseel 4 days ago

    Do you even burgle, bro?

    As someone who likes to exercise, I know it can be fun, and motivating too, to trade notes with someone else about your fitness routine. You might learn a new stretch or lift, and having some sort of numeric data to compare with others can help you gauge how well your own program is working.

    But there are, of course, people who take it too far, and try to work ego-boosting mentions of their physical prowess into every conversation. For example, 42-year-old Osaka resident Kazuki Nishimura recently boasted that he can bench press 120 kilograms (264 pounds), which is an impressive feat, especially for a man of his age. Unfortunately, the person he was talking to was a police investigator, who was questioning Nishimura following his arrest for a string of burglaries.

    ▼ Justice, being blind, isn’t impressed by your pecs.

    Nishimura, who has admitted to the charges, is accused of a total of 27 successful and attempted robberies that took place between April 2017 and October 2018, targeting multiple offices and restaurants in Osaka. His M.O. was to climb to the top of the buildings, scaling up fire escapes, fences, and external air conditioning ducts, and then break in through windows or doors on the roof, where his breaking and entering was less likely to be seen or heard than at street level. Once inside, he would use a crowbar to open up safes and lockboxes, with the estimated haul over the 18-month period being 9.45 million yen (US$85,135) in cash and product vouchers.

    ▼ Investigators have yet to convert the monetary amount into its equivalent number of protein shakes.

    Because of the mix of stealth and agility employed, investigators began calling the suspect “a ninja.” However, Nishimura didn’t always live up to the aura of capable coolness his nickname suggests. During a failed robbery in August of 2017, Nishimura dropped his home key at the crime scene, which the Osaka Prefectural Police found and used to eventually identify him as a suspect, and even allowed them to determine the gym where he worked out.

    However, it wasn’t until October 2018, when Nishimura was caught in the act exiting a building he’d broken into and stolen 670,000 yen in cash from, that he was finally arrested, with the Osaka Prefectural Police announcing the details this week as his trial date approaches. During his questioning, Nishimura told investigators “I’m confident in my physical strength. I can bench press 120 kilos, and I can climb to the top of a five-story building in one minute.”

    Nishimura, who has no official employment, also told the investigators “I committed the robberies. I did it for living expenses,” making his conviction almost certain, so now probably all he can do is hope whichever correctional facility he ends up in at least has a gym.

    Sources: Mainichi Shimbun via Hachima Kiko, The Sankei News
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  2. #62
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    Kung Fu Stars

    Yes, yes, I know shuriken are historically a Japanese weapon. However, popular news reporters don't seem to know. We've had numerous news reports label them as Kung Fu Stars on our Ninja FAIL thread:

    So I'm proposing that we Kung Fu peeps culturally appropriate shuriken as 'Kung Fu Stars' just like Bruce poached Nunchuks. Who's with me?

    Cops: Raids of Staten Island mom, son net ammo, kung-fu stars, stun gun

    Updated Mar 5, 2019; Posted Mar 5, 2019
    By Joseph Ostapiuk |

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A police raid on a Great Kills home landed a couple in handcuffs and netted more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, an electric stun gun, an imitation pistol and kung-fu stars, authorities allege.

    The arrests came a week after the woman’s son was charged in a separate raid.

    Patricia Labarca, 58, and Gary Dibenedetto, 60, were arrested on Feb. 28 after police executed a search warrant at their home on the 300 block of Brookfield Avenue.

    Police found a large amount of ammunition in a storage closet beneath the stairs, including more than 2,000 rounds for shotguns, handguns and long rifles, according to the criminal complaint.

    They also found three kung-fu stars, an imitation pistol and an electric stun gun in the closet, the complaint alleges.

    The NYPD touted the arrests on Twitter, highlighting the efforts of a K-9 named after slain Police Officer Russel Timoshenko.

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    Labarca and Dibenedetto, who, according to a source are boyfriend and girlfriend, are charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of an imitation pistol and possession of ammunition.

    Dibenedetto’s name also appears in court documents as Debenedetto.

    Labarca also has an open case from Feb. 21, when she was arrested for allegedly throwing keys into Dibenedetto’s face. Police found four straws with cocaine residue in her purse, according to that complaint.

    In that case she is charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, harassment and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

    Dibenedetto’s lawyer, Yan Katsnelson, said the items were discovered in a part of the residence that was not inhabited by his client.

    “Mr. Dibenedetto had no knowledge of the items found," Katsnelson said. “He had no control or possession of the items.”

    A message left for Labarca’s attorney was not immediately returned.


    In a twist, Labarca’s son, Ted Labarca, faces charges of his own stemming from a separate raid of his Arden Heights home on Feb. 21, which, authorities allege, garnered approximately 120 bullets and drugs.

    Police found 45 films of buprenorphine, which is used to treat addiction, 52 pills of the sedative alprazolam and a plastic bag of cocaine at various spots in his Arden Avenue home, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.

    Cops allegedly seized 37 rounds of .223 ammunition from a window sill. Inside boxes on a shelf, officers allegedly found 57 .223 rounds and 26 .20-gauge cartridges, according to the complaint.

    Metal knuckles allegedly were spotted on a table counter and an imitation black pistol was recovered from a window sill.

    Ted Labarca had 10 pills/films of buprenorphine on him when he was searched at the 123rd Precinct stationhouse in Tottenville, according to the complaint.

    Charges against that suspect include criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful sale, possession or use of an imitation pistol and possession of ammunition, according to the criminal complaint.
    Note that this is Staten Island a.k.a. Shaolin. I rest my case.
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  3. #63
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    “ninjas” had killed his family.

    Well, this is horrible. Poor kid.

    Man takes 80-year plea deal for Christmas Eve 'ninja' murder
    Monday, March 18th 2019, 7:09 PM AKDT
    Updated: Monday, March 18th 2019, 10:19 PM AKDT
    By: Angela Krenzien

    Jaylyn Franklin appears in an Anchorage courtroom on March 18, 2019.

    Jaylyn Franklin, 22, is pleading guilty to murder for his role in the 2016 Christmas Eve shooting deaths of 38-year-old Christopher Brooks and his 32-year-old wife Danielle Brooks.

    When police arrived on the scene, Danielle’s 5-year-old son told officers that “ninjas” had killed his family.

    Police don't believe Franklin shot either victim. They say the case started when Franklin joined then-22-year-old Lamarkus Jayqwann Mann and then-19-year-old Deanthony Malik Harris in going to the Brooks’ home in order to steal drugs and money from them.

    The charges allege that the trio broke into the home wearing T-shirts over their faces.

    During the robbery, detectives say, Mann shot Danielle and then Christopher was shot after a struggle over the gun. Danielle died inside the home. Christopher made it outside, but later died at the hospital.

    Anchorage police say Christmas Eve was the deadliest day of 2016, with three homicides in less than 24 hours.

    Under the plea deal, Franklin agrees to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, each of which carries a sentence of 40 years, for a total of 80 years to serve.
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  4. #64
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    Ninja cops?

    Philippines ‘ninja cop’ scandal threatens to ruin acting police chief Archie Gamboa’s bid for top post

    Gamboa has been accused of only suspending the team leader of the disgraced policemen, despite a recommendation for his sacking
    The term ‘ninja cops’ refers to 13 officers accused of stealing and reselling drugs seized in a bust, among other crimes
    Raissa Robles
    Published: 9:00am, 23 Oct, 2019

    From left: The Philippine National Police’s Guillermo Eleazar, acting police chief Archie Gamboa, former chief Oscar Albayalde, and Camilo Cascolan. Photo: AP

    Fallout from the “ninja cops” scandal, which forced the resignation of Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Oscar Albayalde, is now threatening to ruin acting PNP chief Archie Gamboa’s chances of clinching the top post.
    As officer-in-charge until Albayalde’s permanent successor is named by President Rodrigo Duterte next month, Lieutenant General Gamboa has swiftly moved to refurbish the tarnished image of the police force in a bid to get the president’s nod.
    On Monday, he directed the Philippine police to file drug and graft charges against Albayalde over the former chief’s alleged role in the ninja cops affair – the 2013 drug bust in Pampanga province by 13 policemen who were later accused of stealing and reselling most of the seized drugs, and freeing the main suspect for a payment of 50 million pesos (US$965,000).
    Albayalde – who was the ninja cops’ immediate superior at the time – has been accused by three retired senior police officers of receiving money from the drug sale and protecting the policemen involved from getting sacked.
    Gamboa on Monday also announced that upon the recommendation of the police’s internal affairs service (PNP-IAS), he was dismissing three of the 13 ninja cops from service and suspending a fourth, Lieutenant Joven de Guzman Jnr, for 59 days.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte with then national police chief Oscar Albayalde in 2018. Photo: AFP

    However, the acting chief’s statement did not sit well with PNP-IAS head Alfegar Triambulo, who disclosed on national television that the internal affairs decision had actually recommended the sacking of all four policemen – and that Gamboa had rejected the dismissal of de Guzman Jnr, the team leader, who “had actually committed a graver offence”.
    The act of one is the act of all, that’s why dismissal was the … recommendation for all
    PNP-IAS head Alfegar Triambulo
    “What [Gamboa] said, that PNP-IAS only recommended a 59-day suspension for Lieutenant Joven de Guzman Jnr … is not true,” Triambulo said in a separate interview, adding that the four policemen were found to have conspired in the affair. “The act of one is the act of all, that’s why dismissal was the … recommendation for all.”
    The PNP-IAS head also stressed that the disciplinary action imposed on the four policemen had nothing to do with the ninja cop scandal, but with a new case that took place in Antipolo City, Rizal province this May.
    Triambulo said the Antipolo City case saw the four ninja cops use the same modus operandi as 2013. Along with three other policemen, they confronted a suspect whom they shot at as he escaped. They then went to his house, planted drugs and conducted a buy-bust operation.
    He said team leader de Guzman Jnr was present in May when the seven policemen “committed many violations, not only administrative misconduct but it amounts to criminal offence because there was a violation of domicile [illegal search] and planting of evidence”.
    In light of this, Triambulo questioned Gamboa’s decision to only suspend de Guzman Jnr, while adding that he respected and admired the acting chief.
    A senior police official who spoke to the South China Morning Post on condition of anonymity said the morale of the entire force was “very low” and the ninja cop case had “a very big effect on the entire organisation”.
    He said he could not tell whether Albayalde was guilty. “I think there is no case against him. Maybe he was just too helpful to others. Instead of dismissal, it became demotion. There was punishment but that is not appreciated by those in the Senate,” the official said.
    If they feel they have a case against anyone, then they can file, and let the law take its course
    Former PNP chief Oscar Albayalde
    Senator Richard Gordon, who led the probe on the ninja cop case, said Albayalde was possibly facing a life term if found guilty of the charges.
    For his part, Albayalde welcomed the move. “If they feel they have a case against anyone, then they can file, and let the law take its course,” he told local reporters.
    No senior police officer from the rank of major and above has ever been convicted, according to police spokesman Bernard Banac.
    The senior police official explained that this was because a criminal case needed to be built beyond reasonable doubt, while the PNP tends to use administrative cases – which only require substantial evidence – “against erring cops, to remove them from the service”.
    With two weeks to go before Duterte appoints a new police chief, department of interior and local government secretary Eduardo Ańo has announced three front runners: Gamboa, Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan and Major General Guillermo Eleazar.
    Gamboa and Cascolan both graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1986, along with Albayalde and current senator Ronald de la Rosa. Eleazar graduated from the academy a year later.
    It's a shame that ninjas have earned a negative label, especially with dirty cops.
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  5. #65
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    Despite my many suggestions, MartialArtSmart does not carry kunai.

    TSA Full of Naruto References After Finding Ninja Kunai in Bag at Airport

    DECEMBER 10, 2020

    Security agents at Spokane International Airport (GEG) in Washington state confiscated a pair of ninja throwing knives from a passenger earlier this week.

    The knives, also known as kunai, were discovered in the passenger’s carry-on bags, which should not contain certain sharp objects.

    In an Instagram post on Monday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) poked fun at the incident with “Naruto” references, saying the passenger “forgot the rules outside of the Hidden Leaf Village” and ended up “obviously late for their Chunin exams.”

    “This is no genjutsu, keen eyed officers at Spokane International Airport (GEG) discovered these kunai in the passenger’s carry-on bags. Genin or not, throwing knives must be packed in your checked bags,” TSA said. “We also recommend checking with your state and local laws regarding traveling with kunai as they may be illegal in your state.”

    GEG passengers have a history of forgetting weapons in their carry-on bags. Between February and March of last year, TSA officers confiscated nine guns that were loaded, according to KREM 2 News.

    At least 10 guns a year have reportedly been taken in the airport since 2014. Firearm confiscations peaked in 2017 at 26.

    Whether the passenger’s kunai were real or whether they had another set stored safely in their checked luggage is unknown. Regardless, TSA was clear in its message, which easily won “Naruto” fans over.

    “Love the ‘Naruto’ reference! Whoever creates this post for TSA needs a raise,” one wrote in the comments.

    The throwing knives were turned over to local police, TSA said.
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  6. #66
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    Special Ops assault

    Here's an exceptional one.

    A ninja with a sword assailed a U.S. Army special operations unit in California
    October 1, 20215:01 PM ET

    Kern County Sheriff's Office

    It seems unlikely, but it did indeed happen: A man "wearing full ninja garb" attacked members of a U.S. Army special operations unit in the middle of the night in the California desert, setting off a scramble for safety and resulting in at least two injuries, according to police and other records.

    The incident occurred a little after 1 a.m. on Sept. 18, when authorities in Ridgecrest, Calif., got word of a sword-wielding man dressed as a ninja on the loose at the Inyokern Airport in Kern County, north of Los Angeles.

    Kern County sheriff's deputies found "the suspect had assaulted a victim at the scene with a sword, and thrown a rock through a hangar window, hitting an additional victim in the head," the sheriff's office said on Friday.

    The attack came without any warning

    The victims are members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), according to the Stars and Stripes newspaper, which states that the military personnel were at the airport as part of training exercises.

    The incident report quickly drew attention after it was posted on Instagram. It describes how a staff sergeant was smoking a late-night cigarette near an airport hangar when "an unknown person wearing full ninja garb" approached him with a question.

    "Do you know who I am?" the man asked. The sergeant said he did not. "Do you know where my family is?" the man asked. When the sergeant said he did not know, "the person in ninja garb began to slash" at him with a katana sword, the report states, adding that the sergeant's leg and phone were struck.

    The sergeant ran, jumped a fence and reached a building where he joined others from his company. As he and a captain locked the doors and called 911, the assailant kicked and punched doors and windows, according to the report, which has redacted the service members' names.

    The Ridgecrest Police Department's blotter entry from that night says a report came in at 1:19 a.m. of a suspect in a ninja outfit, complete with a sword, at Inyokern Airport. The report cited "at least one victim." More than 20 minutes after the initial contact, the blotter says, a 911 call came in from someone at the airport saying 26 special operations military members were "hunkered down in a hanger [sic] wondering where help is."

    The ninja did not obey deputies' orders

    Police officers located the ninja suspect on a nearby road. But the man "refused to follow commands and brandished the sword at deputies," the sheriff's office said. Projectile rounds were used "but were ineffective," it added. Instead, the man ran. When deputies used a Taser on him, he dropped the sword, and deputies were able to take him into custody. He was identified as Gino Rivera, 35.

    Rivera was arrested "for attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, brandishing a weapon with the intent to resist or prevent an arrest," along with vandalism and obstructing or delaying a peace officer in the performance of their duties, the sheriff's office said.

    Both the sergeant and the captain required stitches for their wounds but were cleared to return to duty, the incident report says.

    The 160th SOAR's missions include using helicopters to insert Navy SEAL teams and other special operators. It trains for night missions, as some of its operations take place under cover of darkness or in the very early morning. The soldiers in Inyokern were attached to the regiment's 2nd Battalion, which uses Chinook and Black Hawk assault helicopters as well as Gray Eagle drones. The battalion is based at Fort Campbell, Ky.
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