Police on Wednesday arrested a man on suspicion of abducting a 2-year-old girl from a video arcade in Sapporo on Tuesday afternoon. According to police, 28-year-old part-time worker Hideki Hozumi is suspected of kidnapping the girl with the intention of committing obscene acts.
Police allege that Hozumi grasped the girl's hand and led her away from the arcade at around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday without her parents realizing. They were in another part of the arcade playing video games. When the girl began to cry, Hozumi took her to a different games arcade roughly 450 meters away and told a member of the staff that he had found a lost child. The arcade employee was suspicious of Hozumi's story and called police later that evening at around 6:30 p.m.
According to police, Hozumi has admitting leading the girl away, but claims he did so as "a prank."© Compiled from news reports