A Maritime Self Defense Force Leading Seaman was arrested for rape, assault, trespassing and theft on Monday, accused of forcing his way into an adult entertainment business establishment in Kobe City on Sunday morning, raping two women in the store and running away wearing a floral gown that belonged to one of the women, police said.
Takashi Kanaguchi, 26, a Maizuru City (Kyoto Prefecture) resident and seaman assigned to the Takanami class destroyer Suzunami (DD-114), is accused of breaking into the establishment just after 5 a.m. Sunday morning, by kicking in the door which was locked at the time. Police said he took off his clothes and raped a 33-year-old woman in one of the rooms, and is also accused of biting her breasts. He then entered another room and raped a 31-year-old woman, before putting on a dress and running out of the store, police said. He is estimated to have been in the store for about 25 minutes.
Police received a call at around 7 a.m. from an employee at a hotel about 1.5 kilometers away, saying that a naked man had just forced his way into one of the rooms. Police rushed to the scene and held Kanaguchi, who was in a delirious state. Police received a call after 9 a.m. from one of the women at the sex shop, and then began to question Kanaguchi about the incident.
Police are investigating why it took the women several hours to report the crime. A third woman employed as a cleaning lady was also in the sex establishment at the time, and has told police that she thought Kanaguchi was a new staff member who helped attract clients.
Kanaguchi has admitted to the rape and other allegations, but was quoted by police as saying: “The man who did this has already died.”
A Maritime Self Defense Force official said that Kanaguchi had applied for a week’s leave from June 18, saying he was going to Kobe for some fun.© Wire reports