A 35-year-old man was arrested Sunday for allegedly abducting minors after he reportedly picked up four girls, between the ages of 8 and 11, and led them around for nearly 17 hours in Amimachi, Ibaraki Prefecture. The girls were not injured when they were found, police said.
The suspect, identified as Koji Goto, has admitted to picking up the girls, but was quoted as saying, "It wasn't kidnapping."
According to police, Goto approached the four girls at a supermarket on Saturday at around 6 p.m. and offered them candy. The four girls are friends who were playing together. One girl lived nearby Goto and had met him before, police said.
Police said that Goto convinced the girls to go with him to his residence, a supermarket and other places, before letting them go at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Police received a call from the girls' mothers on Saturday night after they did not return home. On Sunday morning, police spotted the group of five walking together near the supermarket, which is about one kilometer from Goto's residence.© Wire reports