Police said Tuesday they are searching for a supermarket shoplifter who attacked a security guard and three passers by with a knife before fleeing the scene in Kumamoto. According to investigators, the man was shoplifting from a supermarket in the Shimo shopping arcade, when he was spotted by a security guard. The man allegedly produced a kitchen knife and slashed the guard and a male bystander before taking a 76-year-old woman hostage in a desperate bid to escape.
Police said that after releasing the woman, he hailed a taxi and asked to be taken to a nearby post office. Upon arrival, police said he slashed the driver on the right arm and fled the scene. The woman suffered a broken arm in the ordeal.
According to police, eyewitnesses describe the man as around 30 years old, 175-180cm in height, wearing a grey shirt and brown shorts.© Japan Today