Tokyo police took into custody a man who abducted and confined an 11 year old girl last month. The girl was reported missing from her home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, but was found safe when she showed up at a koban (police box) four days after.
30 year old Nabuo Takagi was arrested after admitting to have kidnapped Michi Shinozaki. On Saturday, January 11, she was reported to be playing with a friend in their backyard up until 4:00 PM. After which she decided to walk her dog, but when the dog returned alone hours later, her family reported her missing to the authorities. Four days after, Shinozaki turned up at a koban in Chigasaki, around 20 kilometers away from her house. Finding the koban empty, she used the telephone inside to call a police station for help. Officers found Shinozaki tired but unharmed. She told police that she couldn’t remember much of what transpired for the past four days.
The suspect, a systems engineer from an IT firm admitted to police that he forced Shinozaki to his car and drove her home to his house. He kept her there and occasionally took her out to eat at restaurants. The police identified Takagi through a surveillance camera video of cars that passed in the area where Shinozaki went missing. He was arrested in the early morning on Friday for charges of kidnapping and confinement.
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