A story circulating online claims that actor Bill Murray accidentally stopped a bank robber in Tokyo. Is this story real or fake?
The story is satire.
The website which published this story is the satirical National Report. The realistic-sounding report has been shared by thousands of readers, unaware of the humorous nature of the website. The fake article reads:
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.
About National Report
National Report has a disclaimer which clearly states that the website produces satirical content. The disclaimer – which has been removed on at least one occasion – reads:
*DISCLAIMER: National Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental . The views expressed by writers on this site are theirs alone and are not reflective of the fine journalistic and editorial integrity of National Report. Advice given is NOT to be construed as professional. If you are in need of professional help (and you may be if you are on this page), please consult a professional. National Report is intended for a mature audience and not for children under the age of 18.
Bill Murray did not stop a bank robber in Tokyo. The source of this story is a satirical website.
Source: Bill Murray Stops Bank Robbery In Tokyo, Accidentally (NationalReport.net)