A 61-year-old woman who works part-time at a convenience store was in a coma Saturday after being injured while trying to stop a shoplifter driving away in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Sunao Yokoyama, 36, entered the Lawson store at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sankei reported. Surveillance camera footage showed him picking up some comic books and then leaving the store without going to the cash register to pay.
Police said the woman employee walked out after Yokoyama and as he got into a car, she tried to open the driver's seat door. However, Yokoyama drove off and the woman fell down.
A police patrol car caught up with Yokoyama about 20 minutes later. Yokoyama was quoted by police as saying he wanted to read the comic books but had no money to pay for them.
The woman was taken to hospital with head injuries and her condition remains critical.© Japan Today