Police in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward have arrested an unemployed 26-year-old man on suspicion of attempted robbery after he tried to rob two convenience stores on Sunday.
Police said the suspect, Takayuki Kawashima, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying that he had until Monday to pay the rent on his apartment or he would be evicted, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, Kawashima went into a FamilyMart store just before 1 a.m. Sunday, threatened the 33-year-old clerk with a knife and demanded money. However, the employee pressed an alarm button and Kawashima fled.
About seven minutes later, Kawashima went into another FamilyMart store 500 meters away and again threatened the 35-year-old clerk there with a knife. The employee used a mop to knock the knife out of Kawashima’s hand and he ran out of the store.
A police patrol, alerted after the first robbery attempt, detained Kawashima about 600 meters from the second FamilyMart store.© Japan Today