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Bogus deliveryman arrested for assaulting, robbing woman in her 80s

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 69-year-old man on suspicion of assault and robbery after he posed as a parcel deliveryman to enter the home of a woman in her 80s, roughed her up and then robbed her.

According to police, the incident occurred last October in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. Fuji TV reported that the suspect, Shoichi Onuma, dressed as a "takyubin" (delivery service) employee, knocked on the woman's front door, carrying a cardboard box. When she opened the door, he forced his way in, threatened her with a fruit knife and demanded money.

After the woman handed over about 600,000 yen, Onuma bound her hands and feet with cable ties and left.

According to police, Onuma and his elderly victim both went to the same hospital last year, and at that time, the woman remembers him asking her if she lived alone and if she ever kept much cash in the house.

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When I read the headline, I assumed he'd be a younger man. Was shocked to hear that he is pushing 70.

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Onuma and his elderly victim both went to the same hospital last year, and at that time, the woman remembers him asking her if she lived alone and if she ever kept much cash in the house.

Sounds like he had been masterminding the robbery in a targeted attack on the elderly woman for a while. What a crafty old man! At any rate, it's a good thing that the suspect has been finally arrested.

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I hope if I make it to my eighth decade of life and end up shooting the breeze with a stranger who wants to know if I live by myself and whether I have lots of Fukuzawa Yukichi, I tell him, "None of your business." or "Before I tell you that, I need to have your fingerprints and DNA plus record our conversation and upload it on youtube just in case you end up robbing me."

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This happened to us. Exactly the same experience but the guy used a stun gun on my housekeeper..now we don't open the door unless they show ID!

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I just read a story that in the US, a couple of criminals called a house to ask to see a pet dog for sale. They went over and when they started robbing the old couple, one of them managed to grab a gun and shoot the two burglers dead.

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ANYONE in this day and age who is asked "Do you keep your money at home?" or "Do you live alone?" should MOST SURELY know something is amidst and this person is up to no good! If I were her, I'd say "I'm also a 7 time world record holding fast shooter and I have.....um...about 53 guns all around my home!" I bet he would NEVER even think of that lady ever even if it were a joke. But I'm glad she is safe and hope the money was returned to her.

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