Kanagawa cops: Man suspected in abduction of women asleep on train

Suspect allegedly brought an intoxicated 28-year-old woman to his residence earlier this month

The Sagamihara Police Station
The Sagamihara Police Station (bb-building.net)

KANAGAWA (TR) – A man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly abducting a woman asleep on a train and bringing her to his apartment, and could be tied to five similar cases.

Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Yoshifumi Kurita, 33, a temporary worker of Sagamihara City, Chuo Ward, on confinement charges for abducting a woman who was asleep on a train and bringing her to his apartment, the Mainichi Shimbun reports (June 18).

Police said Kurita has remained silent over his motives and how he abducted the victim.

Police said investigations will be launched for five other cases that were reported since last year involving female victims waking up in the residence of a male stranger in Sagamihara City.

The victims in the five cases, who all said they had been drinking, reported waking up in a male stranger’s room after they fell asleep taking an early-morning train in Tokyo or Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kurita is charged with abducting a 28-year-old woman from Adachi Ward, Tokyo, and bringing her to his residence sometime between June 4 and June 5.

The victim said she fell asleep early in the morning on June 4 while taking a JR train, and woke up early in the morning on June 5 to find herself in an apartment in Sagamihara City.

Kurita was present in the apartment, but the victim was able to find an opportunity to escape.

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