A 29-year-old man was robbed Tuesday night after he had stopped to let off a mother and son pair of hitchhikers he had picked up earlier near Koga City in Shiga Prefecture, police said Wednesday.
According to police, the driver was on his way home from work on Tuesday night when at about 6:30 p.m., he stopped to pick up a woman in her 30s and her 5 or 6 year-old son who were walking along the road in Ritto City. The pair got into the back seat, and the woman requested to be dropped off at the Shigaraki area in Koga City. After traveling about five kilometers, the group reached Otsu City when the son complained "I have to go to the bathroom," and the woman requested the driver stop.
When the pair got out, the driver's door was suddenly opened and a man reached in and hit the driver on the back of the head once, then choked him until he lost consciousness. He woke up about 5 1/2 hours later and found himself in his car, which was parked on a road in Koga City about 20 kilometers from where he had stopped. The 15,000 yen in cash in his wallet was missing.
Police believe the group was a family who had thought of the plot to pose as hitchhikers and rob drivers at a pre-arranged spot.© News reports