NewsPolice stops costumed with drawn submachine gun

Police stops costumed with drawn submachine gun

Created: 10/30/2022 12:59 am

The deceptively real-looking weapons of anime fans: The left weapon looks like a pump-action shotgun, the right one like a pistol. © -/Police Headquarters Rostock/dpa

For Halloween, revelers like to choose particularly spooky costumes. But some disguises should probably stay in the closet, as an incident in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania shows.

Schwerin – With a frightening military-look costume, two young Japan cartoon fans in Schwerin’s old town put themselves in great danger: four police officers with machine guns pulled stopped the two on Saturday afternoon, as the police announced in the evening.

The young men “completely thoughtlessly put themselves in great danger by running through the city with deceptively real-looking weapons”.

Only because of the level-headed approach of the emergency services and the fact that the disguised men did not point their weapons at people, firearms were not used. The police officers were equipped with the highest security equipment.

The survey revealed that the 19 and 22-year-old men from Rostock belong to the so-called anime scene, i.e. are fans of Japanese cartoon series. They had come to Schwerin in costume for a scene meeting. According to the police, one of the two men wore, among other things, a black vest with patches with blood group information, his name and a coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The anime fans received a criminal complaint for disturbing the public peace. They also have to pay for the police operation. dpa

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