A massive manhunt that involved more than a thousand Japanese police officers in Kanagawa Prefecture ended with the capture of the escaped rape suspect which was caught on live television. Video footage from a helicopter showed dozens of uniformed and plainclothes police officers, encircling a man believed to be the alleged suspect 20-year old Yuta Sugimoto.
Sugimoto was wanted for the gang rape and robbery of a woman last January 2 and hade been on the run after escaping from the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office in Kawasaki City on Tuesday during a break from questioning. He was not handcuffed during that time and only had a rope tied around his waist which he managed to remove when he asked to use the restroom located on another floor of the building where he was at that time.
Around 4.000 police officers were deployed to look for the escaped suspect together with hundreds of vehicles, helicopters, boats and sniffing dogs. Schools in the area were instructed to warn their students and not allow them to go out alone. TV reporters conducted several interviews with parents who feared for their children’s safety. Public broadcaster NHK aired a live broadcast of the capture of the suspect and live footage showed a man, with his head covered being ushered by a dozen police officers to a waiting police car in the city of Yokohama.
[via MSN News]