Police in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, said Saturday they have arrested a 24-year-old man who tried to get a 9-year-old girl into his car.
Police identified the suspect as Takeshi Matsuzaki, a contract worker, and said he had been charged with attempted abduction of a minor, TV Asahi reported.
According to police, the girl was walking alone from her home to the school pool at around 8:15 a.m. on Friday. Police said that Matsuzaki was standing by his car with the door open. He approached the girl and touched her cheeks with his hands. She cried out and he then got into his car and drove off.
The girl hurried to the school and notified the principal who called police.
Police said the girl was able to give them a partial description of the car and its license plate and street surveillance camera footage led them to Matsuzaki.
Matsuzaki was quoted by police as saying he thought the girl was cute but denied any intent to harm the girl.
Police said a similar incident with another girl occurred last month nearby and they are questioning Matsuzaki about his involvement in that, TV Asahi reported.© Japan Today