18 Year Old Boy Arrested In Kawasaki Schoolboy Murder Case

18 year old boy arrested in Kawasaki schoolboy murder case

A TV news report discussing the arrest

Last week, shockwaves were felt throughout Japan after the body of 13 year-old middle schooler was found brutally murdered. Now three teenage boys have been identified as suspects, while one—an 18 year old teenager thought to be the leader of the group–has been arrested. However, the suspect denies even being present at the time of Ryota’s murder, and the father of the suspect also swears his son has nothing to do with the crime. This did not sit well with 2chan members, who accused the dad of trying to save his own face by proclaiming his son’s innocence and condemned them both as guilty.

From News24.jp:

Young Male Ringleader of Group Denies Charges, Says “I Was At Home”

On February 27, police issued arrest warrants in the case where a middle school boy was murdered in on a riverbed in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. Warrants were issued for three young boys who knew the victim, and among them an 18 year-old man who was the leader of the group was arrested. There are plans to arrest the two 17 year-old boys shortly as well.

On the morning of February 27, the boy who was the leader of the group attended Kawasaki Police Station accompanied by a lawyer, with a blank expression on his face, and was arrested for Uemura Ryota’s murder. The 17 year old boys for whom arrest warrants were sent out voluntarily traveled to the police station from their homes and there are plans to arrest them shortly.

After Uemura was murdered on the riverbed of the Tamagawa River on February 20, police analyzed the communication logs from free communication app “LINE” on Uemura’s phone, as well as footage from surveillance cameras. As a result, when it was determined that a group of 3 young men who knew Uemura, including the leader, were most likely involved with the incident, arrest warrants went out for the three murder suspects and the lead boy was arrested. There are plans to arrest the two 17 year-old boys shortly as well.

It appears that the lead boy who was arrested and Uemura had gotten to know each other in the fall of last year at a park that Uemura frequently visited to play basketball and the two became close. However, last month he bruised Uemura’s face and when a friend asked for an explanation, Uemura allegedly said that he “got beaten up by the group’s leader”.

People who knew the group’s leader said “He’s the type of person who gives you the feeling that if you mess with him once, there’s no stopping him”. “He’s kind of scary when he gets mad. His own friend was beaten so badly that his face was bruised.”

Before he was murdered, Uemura allegedly sought help from friends, saying that he “wanted out of the group” and “wanted to go to school”. Police plan to look for a motive based on the assumption that there was some kind of trouble between Uemura and the three boys. However, in response to the investigation, the boy who was the group leader denies the charges, saying “At the time of the incident, I was at home”.

Furthermore, the father of the boy responded to the investigation through a lawyer, saying, “I hope the criminal is punished accordingly. But my son has nothing to do with Uemura’s murder”.

Comments from 2ch.net:


When the kids are scum, so are the parents.


So they’re going to cover for their good-for-nothing son, huh?

アイアンフィンガーフロムヘル(新潟県)@\(^o^)/ :

He’s caught on camera, so give it a rest already.


This kind of parent only protects their kid because they doesn’t want to take responsibility. So if seems like he isn’t going to be able to protect him anymore, he’ll cut all parental ties without a moment’s hesitation.


The parents of scum are scum as well.
I have a good idea how garbage keeps being reproduced.


It’s because the dad’s like this that the kid grew up to be a scumbag.


Well, when I heard it was Kawasaki I knew as much.


I hope the father of the ringleader of these murderers is unemployed. It would cause a lot of trouble at work if he had a job.


Well, the father’s the one who’ll be asked for a hefty fee for damages
They’ll take him for everything he’s got.


Give his dad the death sentence too.

ボマイェ(北海道)@\(^o^)/ :

Doesn’t he care one bit that a jobless 18 year-old was dragging a 13 year-old kid around without letting him go to school?
As a parent I’d say he’s nothing more than trash.

フランケンシュタイナー(群馬県)@\(^o^)/ :

How can he say “My son has nothing to do with this” with a straight face?


So even though in this modern age it’ll be revealed if the kid wasn’t home at the time of the incident through a search of his phone records, he’s planning to keep playing dumb to the bitter end?

ランサルセ(新疆ウイグル自治区)@\(^o^)/ :

“There’s no way my son did it! That’s why I’d hired a lawyer!”

or something, right?

Huh? Even though he was arrested?

超竜ボム(庭)@\(^o^)/ :

I wonder, was the kid pretending to be a good boy at home?

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