Police in Osaka have arrested two men on suspicion of spraying tear gas on a man and stealing his bag containing 180,000 in cash in May.
Police said the suspects, Ryuki Matsui, 23, and Yokuku Liu, 20, a South Korean national, have no fixed address or occupation.
The incident occurred at around 3 a.m. on May 29 along a street in Chuo Ward. The 36-year-old man was returning home when the suspects sprayed him with tear gas and stole his bag (worth about 680,000 yen), 180,000 yen in cash and 21 other items.
Following his arrest on Tuesday, Matsui has refused to comment, while Liu, who was arrested on June 18 for violating the Stimulant Drugs Control Act, has admitted to the charge, Sankei Shimbun reported. After his arrest, Liu was transferred to a hotel within Osaka City for medical treatment after testing positive for COVID-19.
Police said Matsui and Liu are acquaintances, and their involvement in the robbery was captured on street surveillance footage.© Japan Today