Police in Tokyo's Toshima Ward said Monday they have arrested an unemployed 31-year-old man for kidnapping a 5-year-old girl.
According to police, the young girl was accompanying her father as he shopped at Book-Off Ikebukuro at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. After she got separated from her father, a man grabbed her and took her with him out of the store, TBS reported.
The girl was found approximately 30 minutes later on a road 2.5 km away from the bookstore after a woman overheard her crying while being pulled along by the suspect, TBS reported. She notified police at a nearby koban and they apprehended the suspect on the spot and took the girl into protective custody. The girl appeared to be physically unharmed following the incident.
Police said the man told them he was just trying to take care of the girl, whom he assumed was by herself. He said he was going to let her stay at his house.© Japan Today