A 69-year-old man who was being held at a police station in Uraga, Kanagawa Prefecture, died after being found unconscious in his cell on Friday night, police said Saturday.
According to police, the man was discovered lying unconscious in his cell with his hands covering his face and a moist undergarment inserted in his mouth just after 6 p.m., Fuji TV reported. He was taken to hospital where he died at around 9:30 p.m., police said.
The man had been detained on March 30 for trying to leave an eatery without paying the 500 yen bill.
A Kanagawa prefectural police spokesman said an officer saw the man seated and alive at 5:50 p.m. when he checked the cells.© Japan Today