Police said Friday they have arrested a man in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, over the alleged abduction of a minor on Thursday.
According to police, at around 4:20 p.m. the 38-year-old man, who has been identified as Toshimi Arai, led the 9-year-old girl, who was walking by herself, from a road into the shade of a tree around 30 meters away. He is believed to have taken the girl by the arm while saying, "Come on. Let's play."
A woman who knew the girl saw her with the man and became concerned. She called the girl's name, at which point Arai left the scene. The girl's father later called the police, who took Arai into custody.
Arai was quoted by police as saying: "She was cute and I wanted to play with her. I wanted to give her a hug."© Compiled from news reports