Jul 10, 2014

Underworld suspect kills self in clinic amid standoff

A 52-year-old former mobster fatally shot himself Wednesday after a four-hour standoff with police at a clinic in Okayama Prefecture, police said Thursday. Susumu Yoshioka had been served an arrest warrant for alleged violations of the Law on Punishment of Organized Crime and Control ...

Jul 3, 2014

Kudo-kai fourth yakuza syndicate blacklisted by U.S.

The U.S. Treasury Department slapped economic sanctions on a major yakuza underworld syndicate and its leaders Wednesday, the fourth such Japanese gang to be blacklisted. The department said it has frozen any assets held by Kudo-kai, its president, Satoru Nomura, and its chief, Fumio ...

Jul 2, 2014

Knox ex says he wasn't with her all evening

The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox, on trial with her for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, distanced himself from his co-defendant Tuesday, saying the two had not been together for the whole evening when the crime took place. Raffaele Sollecito, convicted alongside Knox ...

Jun 17, 2014

Japanese falling victim to crime at Brazil World Cup

Takeshi Itai, a Japanese tourist attending the World Cup in Brazil, was visiting a slum, or favela, in the eastern region of Salvador when five men brandishing guns approached his taxi. Luckily for Itai, a 34-year-old from Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, the taxi was able ...

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

Jun 9, 2014

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

The search widened Sunday for three inmates who escaped the day before with the help of a helicopter from a detention center in Quebec City. It was the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec Province in two years. The three men escaped from the ...

Jun 1, 2014

New phone app to nab crooks with 'thefties'

Mobile security startup Lookout is hoping to turn smartphones and tablets against gadget thieves with a new feature that — when possible — will snap a picture of the culprit. A new theft alert function that has been added to Lookout’s premium service for ...

Police crowdsource evidence with app

May 5, 2014

Police crowdsource evidence with app

An annual spring party in a Southern California beach town devolved into a riot last month when revelers turned violent, rocking cars, smashing windows and throwing rocks. Dozens were injured and about 50 people ended up in the hospital, including several police officers. Today, ...

Taking a walk down felony lane

| Apr 5, 2014

Taking a walk down felony lane

by Mark Schreiber

As part of the commemoration of the 140th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police Department, monthly magazine Bungei Shunju polled some 50,000 active-duty policemen on the 100 most significant crimes, incidents and disasters since 1874. The magazine received approximately 45,000 responses, and published the results ...

'Slain' Mexico cartel leader dies a second time

Mar 10, 2014

'Slain' Mexico cartel leader dies a second time

Cartel kingpin Nazario Moreno Gonzalez had two lives. One ended in late 2010 when the leader of a vicious drug gang ruling the western state of Michoacan was supposedly killed by federal police. The second ended just after his 44th birthday, when he died ...