A 20-year-old man, arrested on charges of rape and robbery, who escaped from the Yokohama District Prosecutors Office building on Tuesday, was captured in a Yokohama park on Thursday afternoon.
Japanese media reported that Yuta Sugimoto was taken into custody just before 1 p.m. in a wooded area near a park in Izumi Ward, about 20 kilometers from the building in Kawasaki from where he escaped.
Police said Sugimoto ran into a stream when police approached him but was surrounded by about 10 officers before he got very far. He reportedly told police he doesn't intend to run away again.
Television showed police escorting Sugimoto to a waiting police car.
Two friends of Sugimoto were seen in a car nearby and were being questioned by police on Thursday night.
Japanese media said Sugimoto had a cell phone on him, given to him by an acquaintance, which was how police were able to pinpoint his whereabouts.
Police plan to hold a news conference later Thursday to provide more details on Sugimoto's escape and if he had any accomplices.
Sugimoto was the subject of a massive manhunt with 4,000 police officers, 850 vehicles, sniffer dogs, helicopters and boats searching for him after he escaped. He was being questioned over charges that he and another man raped and robbed a woman on the streets of Kawasaki on Jan 2.© Japan Today