A professional junior sumo wrestler staying in Fukuoka during a tour was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted robbery after he allegedly illegally entered a house. According to police, the 17-year-old wrestler has confessed to breaking into a house that had been converted into a cafe at about 4 a.m. on Sunday and attempting steal to cash and possessions.
The house was inhabited by a 24-year-old woman. After searching the first floor, the suspect made his way upstairs at which point the sleeping woman woke up. Realizing the house was not empty, the wrestler fled without stealing anything. The woman was not injured.
According to police, the sumo wrestler's face was known to the woman because he frequented the cafe as a customer whenever he was competing in the Kyushu area. After being picked up by police, he was quoted as saying: "I needed the money."© Compiled from news reports