Former All Black Jerry Collins had not one but two knives
with him when he was arrested in a Japanese food hall, the
store security guard says.
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald at Hamamatsu City's
Entetsu department store, Naoki Tani said he rushed to the
basement after receiving a frantic call from women working
behind the counter on Saturday.
He did not recognise Collins.
"There was a large man standing behind the counter. I asked
him if he was okay and reached out my arm towards him. He
suddenly pulled a knife from his right pocket and placed it
on the box on the counter. It was a kitchen knife.
"Then he reached into his other pocket and pulled out a large
survival knife from his left pocket and put that down on the
box as well.
"It was a survival-style knife and had a long curved blade.
"It was very large and the end of it was serrated."
It had previously been reported that Collins was arrested
after producing one knife, 17cm long.
Mr Tani said he quickly took the knives and hid them on the
other side of the counter, then called the police.
Collins didn't do anything violent, but was behaving in a
bizarre way, pacing backwards and forwards behind the
counter, rummaging around and saying random words in Japanese
which made no sense.
'He kept saying the word shinkansen (bullet train) and abunai
Mr Tani said one of the staff then brought him a glass of
water and he drank it quickly.
"Then he said in Japanese 'One more water please'. It was the
only thing he said in Japanese which made any sense."
Collins is expected to be kept at the Hamamatsu Chuo police
station for at least another eight days.
- Simon Scott in Hamamatsu