A 34-year-old man was arrested for robbery in the city of Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Sunday, police said Monday, adding that they are looking into a possible connection between that crime and a spate of other violent robberies in the area shortly after.
Police identified the suspect as Hideo Nakano, who works as a truck driver. They said that he allegedly approached a 27-year-old female restaurant employee as she was walking home around 1:50 a.m. Sunday, grabbed her by the arm and threatened her with a knife. He demanded cash and made off with about 45,000 yen.
Over the next hour, five other robberies were reported. Police said that in all the cases, an adult male brandished a knife and robbed four male taxi drivers and a female restaurant employee.
Police picked up Nakano because he was seen driving a black car that matched a description of the getaway vehicle.© News reports