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Bill Murray Stops Bank Robbery In Tokyo, Accidentally

Bill Murray stopped a bank robbery in Tokyo, Japan

Bill Murray stopped a bank robbery in Tokyo today when a fan stopped to talk with him. That fan also happened to be the bank robber.

Tokyo, Japan — A bank robber was apprehended today in Tokyo after stopping to talk with none other than Bill Murray.

“The man robbed the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, ran out, saw Bill Murray walking on the street and stopped to talk with him. This is when authorities were able to arrest the suspect,” Tokyo Police Chief Hideyoshi Mori told reporters.

Bill Murray who is in Tokyo promoting a new movie told reporters about the incident. “I saw this man in the street running towards me with a bag in his hand. Then he suddenly stopped when he saw me. He asked me if I was Bob Harris, the character I played in Lost in Translation. I told him, ‘sure, why not’. Then he started telling me how much he loved me and how great he thought I was. I was polite, I told him that was very nice of him to say. Then kind of out of nowhere, police showed up and tackled the man,” Murray said. “Some people might call me a hero, but I’m no hero. The real heroes today are the men and women of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.”

35-year-old American Paul Horner who is in Tokyo on business was at the bank when the robbery happened. “I was just standing behind this guy waiting for my turn. Then suddenly he starts waving around a knife demanding money I think, my Japanese is mediocre at best. So they fill this man’s bag with whatever was in a couple of the registers and then he runs out the door,” Horner said. “I’m not shaken up about the robbery at all, I’m pretty much a foot or two taller than all the people over here, so I thought it was kind of like a really cute bank robbery, if that’s possible. What I am shaken up about the most is that Bill Murray was the one who stopped this guy and I didn’t get a chance to meet him.” Horner continued, “Bill Murray is my personal hero and today he was an actual hero for the city of Tokyo. What a living legend that guy is.”


“We love Bill Murray very much in our country, he is very funny man,” said Tomi Tanaka who is manager of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. “Tomorrow, we are giving Mr. Murray an award with very big ceremony. It will be very excellent, everyone in Tokyo is invited.”

The robber, whose name has not been released yet, was apprehended and taken into police custody. On his person police found a knife and a bag filled with 4,550,000 Japanese Yen, or about 45,000 USD.

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19 Responses to "Bill Murray Stops Bank Robbery In Tokyo, Accidentally"

  1. Dennis System says:

    Bill, freakin’, Murray!!!

  2. Rebecca L. says:

    Bill Murray does it again. I love you Bill Murray!

  3. Nathan says:

    What can Bill Murray not do?

  4. Deano says:

    There is nothing that this man can do that would surprise me anymore

  5. Carissa M. says:

    Bill Murray is a living legend!!!

  6. larryfine says:

    This would not happen in America if the characters were reversed. For how many Americans robbing a bank would stop to talk to a Japaneese movie star? Not many Americans can identify any Japaneese movie stars.

    • Shayne O says:

      Yeah but if an american bank robber was stopped by an Anime. well, that WOULD be significant news!

      Fair point though. I reckon theres a few Hong kong action heros (Jackie chan, Jet li, etc) who might get recognized though.

    • Ben says:

      It’s because the whole world seems to follow everything we do, good and bad. We’re highly scrutinized for being ourselves, when everyone else goes along unnoticed. It’s mainly because we’re not into foreign films, generally speaking, though sometimes one makes an impression and gains some attention, along with the actors/actresses in it.

      • jeff says:

        No, it’s because no other country spends nearly as much on movies as America’s Hollywood. Do you know how much money it takes to create a digitally animated movie? Only Hollywood’s infrastructure lets studios fall into massive debt for the movie, and gain it back plus some over decades (with international sales, DVD’s, licensing, merchandise, etc.)

        Foreign countries prefer Hollywood movies because we spend millions for cool CGI effects, and their own country doesn’t.

    • Brad says:

      There’s Japanese movie stars?

    • nathan says:

      he recognised him from a film set and shot in japan. a little bit different.

  7. miller says:

    Bill forgot that you should, “Always leave em’ laughing.”

  8. Jeff says:

    just want to clarify- on the bottom, due to where the commas are placed in the sum of yen makes it look like 4 million 500 thousand yen which would be $45,000-$50,000 USD i think it is intended to read as 455,000.00 yen which would be around $4500 USD yen is around 100 yen to the dollar generally not 1000:1

  9. Davido says:

    April Fool. Surely.

  10. Don says:

    Yeah Jeff, they need to get their conversion correct. That would be close to $50,000 USD.

  11. Bill is Awesome says:

    true or not – what a great publicity stunt!! :-D

  12. Jeff Ziebell says:

    Wow Bill’s courage & humility are inspiring! You Rock Bill! You’re a hero in my book man!

  13. Rodger Hyodo says:

    Cool. Bill Murray as a heroic role model just transformed from the virtual world into real life !! :)

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