Police in Tokyo have arrested three men on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and assault after they forced a man into their car, beat him and robbed him before letting him go in January last year.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 3 a.m. on Jan 30, 2020, Sankei Shimbun reported. The 42-year-old victim, who is a bar manager, had just arrived home in Nishi-Azabu when the three men forced him into their vehicle, placed a plastic bag over his head and punched his face.
Police said the three suspects ― Akira Matsunaga, 42, from Tokyo, Yukihiro Nomoto, 40, a Yokohama resident, and Yuji Inukai, 27, from Saitama Prefecture ― stole 600,000 yen in cash and a Rolex watch from their victim, as well as the keys to his home. They then entered his home and stole a safe containing about 20 million yen and precious metals.
Police said the gang drove their captive around for about three hours before releasing him at 6 a.m. on a street in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture. A passerby noticed the injured man and called 119. The victim suffered serious facial injuries, including a broken nose, which took about three months o heal.
Police said the victim told them he did not know any of his attackers. Matsunaga is current serving a prison sentence for another robbery he committed last year. The other two suspects were arrested on Wednesday.© Japan Today