Tokyo cops nab man in purse-snatching cases targeting elderly

Suspect approached victim from behind and snatched her bag

Junichi Takizawa
Junichi Takizawa

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 45-year-old man suspected in a series of purse-snatching incidents that targeted the elderly, reports TBS News (Sept. 26).

Last month, Junichi Takizawa is alleged to have used a bicycle to approach a woman, 69, from behind as she commuted home on a road in Kita Ward and steal her purse containing 3,000 yen in cash.

Takizawa, who has been charged with robbery, admits to the allegations.

The woman was not injured in the incident.

Police are investigating whether Takizawa was behind two similar cases involving elderly victims took place last month in the same area.

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