Police in Hiroshima on Wednesday launched a manhunt for a Chinese man serving 23 years for attempted murder after he escaped from a prison in a residential area in Naka Ward.
According to police, the prisoner -- Li Guolin, 40 -- exercised each morning at 10 with a group of prisoners. Prison guards noticed him missing at 10:40 a.m., Fuji TV reported.
Security camera footage showed a man dressed in white prison garb climbing over the 4.5-meter-high wall at 10:30 a.m. The walls were under repair and scaffolding had been put up inside and outside the perimeter, Fuji TV reported. The walls are normally electrified but had been turned off so as not to endanger workers, prison officials said.
The prison is surrounded by condos and there are several schools in the area. Children were sent home from a nearby school as soon as news of the manhunt broke.
Prison officials called a news conference on Wednesday afternoon and apologized for the lapse in security and for the 45-minute delay in reporting Li's escape to police.
Wednesday's escape wasn't Li's first escape, NHK reported. Wanted for robbery, he was arrested in May 2005 after a shootout with police. During the gunfight, he was shot in the thigh and spent three days in hospital. While he was being transferred from the hospital to a police station, police undid his handcuffs and he stole a police car. After a 30-minute chase, he crashed his car into another patrol car and was captured, NHK reported.
Police have put Li on the nationwide wanted list. He is 173 cm tall, weighs 66 kilograms and has close-cropped hair.© Japan Today