Police in Tokyo's Adachi Ward said Sunday they have arrested an unemployed 38-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a 4-year-old girl.
According to police, the suspect, Teruhiko Seto, abducted the girl, who was playing at a park, on May 14. Fuji TV quoted police as saying he led the girl away to a nearby convenience store.
Police said Seto has denied the allegation and claimed the girl wanted to use the restroom, repeatedly saying the word "toilet" and pointing to the convenience store."I simply picked her up, took her to the convenience store toilet and changed her diapers. After that, I bought her some candy," Seto was quoted as saying.
The girl had gone to the park to play with her 10-year-old sister and her sister's friend. The older sister said she took her eyes off her sibling for a little while and when she saw her again, she was back in the park, holding a bag with diapers and some candy in it.
Police said that when the girls returned home, their mother noticed her younger daughter wearing different diapers and notified police.
Police said Seto had been seen hanging around children in the park before and was thought of by locals as a bit creepy.© Japan Today