Police said Monday they arrested two suspected thieves who fled after a hit-and-run in Saitama Prefecture. Kawagoe police took into custody Akahisa Azami, 29, and a 16-year-old girl who attends a school for the handicapped, on suspicion of theft. The arrest came after a chase involving a total of 100 officers in 40 police cars and one helicopter.
According to police, the two are accused of robbing a 55-year-old woman who was on her way home just after midnight in Tokorozawa on Sunday. Azami grabbed the woman's purse containing about 10,000 yen, and got into his car with the girl, who was acting as lookout. About four hours later in Kawagoe, they struck the car of a 36-year-old man, severely injuring him. The two suspects ditched their vehicle and ran away on foot.
An eyewitness called police and reported a couple running away from the accident. Police immediately dispatched a helicopter and 40 patrol cars carrying about 100 officers. The two suspects separated but were apprehended only 200 meters from the accident just after dawn. The incident occurred in an area with lots of rice fields and small houses, giving police in the helicopter a clear view of the attempted getaway.© Wire reports