Police in Osaka said Thursday they have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl in Kagawa Prefecture.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Mitsuo Sato, waited outside the girl's home on Tuesday, TBS reported. At around 9 p.m., the girl left home to visit her grandmother. Police said that Sato talked the girl into getting into his car, and then drove off to Osaka.
After the girl failed to return home, the mother called police on Wednesday morning. Just after midday, she received a phone call from her daughter telling her she was in Tokyo.
At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, police found Sato and the girl in a hotel in Osaka's Nishi Ward. Following his arrest, police said Sato denied having kidnapped the child. He was quoted as saying, "We were just driving around and having a little chat."
Police said Sato had visited the girl's mother on Monday and introduced himself as the father of one of the girl's classmates who had had recently moved to Tokyo, and gave her his cell phone number.© Japan Today