Stormtrooper Surrounded By Japanese Police After Murderous Tweet

Twitter account @vmlvlltl recently uploaded a message: "At noon on May 26, 2013, I will kill people at Sapporo Station." This was @vmlvlltl's sole message, and the user's name was "Phantom Slasher Notice". The account is now suspended, but Twitter users in Sapporo began re-tweeting the threat and warning each other.

Yesterday at Sapporo Station in Japan, numerous Twitter users began reporting sometime around noon that a "suspicious" person dressed as a Stormtrooper was wandering around Sapporo Station.

The Stormtrooper had his blaster drawn, and more and more people on Twitter began reporting that they'd seen a "killer robot" — as he was dubbed by those seemingly unfamiliar with Star Wars.

Many other Twitter users commented on how "scary" the incident was and asked if the police arrested the "killer robot". Others cracked jokes. "I wanted to go to see the killer robot," tweeted @mamikawaguchi. "The hell is a killer robot?" asked @watazamurai1. "The Phantom Killer is a Darth Vader foot soldier?" asked Twitter user @kagikakko2 (note that the original Japanese expression has no connection to the Star Wars movie Phantom Menace).

Photos show the Stormtrooper surrounded by the police, who "seemed", as one Twitter user put it, to take the Stormtrooper into custody.

Also around that time, Twitter users (via Matome) began tweeting about another odd individual in Sapporo Station, described as "a person only in underwear". The police arrived on the scene and, according to those on hand, took the underwear man into police custody.

"Aw, crap (lol)," tweeted user @Tadamari. "I wanted to take a photo, but he's already clothed and taken into police custody (lol). I guess this is the (Twitter) offender? (lol)" @Tadamari added that failing to get a photo of this event was "the mistake of the century".

Online in Japan, people seemed to be somewhat scared, amused, and bewildered by the whole thing. As unusual as it seemed, the incident did bring back memories of the horrific 2008 attack in Tokyo's Akihabara. The attack was first announced online, which is perhaps why the police were quick to move in on these suspicious individuals.

Pictures: shibaxx, ya_to_, imachiiiiii, summer_sunset12


    It's getting that way that us law abiding Stormtroopers can't even go pick up a bottle of milk after a hard day oppressing the universe.
    It's not bad enough that chain smoking douche Vader walks around pointing his fingers at you, threatening to choke you, now this.
    Please, my fellow brother evil henchmen just want to live our lives, like you do, under the iron fist of the Empire.

    this is the prime example as to why and how people rely so heavily on social media to intereact,
    someone screams 'murderer' and other wait to see the one guy that looks like they'd fit the bill and spread from there, sorry storm trooper guy...
    i feel so dirty even owning a kotaku account :P

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