A 41-year-old man was arrested for rape on Thursday, accused of putting a sedative in a canned juice a woman was drinking before raping her in his car.
Police said Takayuki Maeda, a resident of Sakai City and employee at a real estate business, was driving in Nishi Ward when he stopped his car at about 11 p.m. to ask a woman in her 20s for directions. He asked her to draw a map and bought her a canned juice from a nearby vending machine. He gave her the juice and she began drinking it, and offered to hold it for her while she was drawing the map, during which time he is believed to have mixed a powder sedative into it. The woman told police she woke up in her home about 9 hours later, but had no memory of how she got home.
Police identified Maeda’s car from a security camera which recorded footage of him stopping the car and calling out to the woman. Maeda has admitted to putting the sedative in the juice but has denied raping the woman. Police said there have been eight other similar incidents in Sakai City and south Osaka since February this year, and are investigating if Maeda was involved.
According to statistics published in the Aug 8 edition of the Weekly Osaka Nichinichi newspaper, 54 women were raped and 367 women were subjected to indecent assault in Osaka Prefecture in the first half of this year.© News reports