Police in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, said Friday they have arrested a 30-year-old man on a charge of abducting a 2-year-old boy in a shopping mall.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Hidetoshi Ota, approached the boy who had gotten separated from his parents in a store at around noon on Thursday and told him he was his father. TBS reported that he led the child out of the store.
When the child's parents could not find him, they called police and mall security personnel. TBS quoted an officer as saying that Ota and the child were found still inside the mall about an hour later.
Ota was quoted by police as saying, "I've always wanted children; that's why I took the boy."© Japan Today