A 33-year-old company employee has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in Nagoya’s Nishi Ward.
According to police, Ayumu Shibayama approached the girl in his vehicle and suggested to give her a lift back home just after midnight on Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The girl had gone to a convenience store near her house.
Shibayama drove the girl around for around 10 minutes after picking her up, police said. Meanwhile, a passerby who had noticed that Shibayama was following the girl with his vehicle close to the convenience store contacted the police. Authorities found Shibayama’s car nearby and took the girl home.
Shibayama has pleaded not guilty and was quoted by police as saying he had no intention to kidnap the girl, but just wanted to “take her back home.”© Japan Today