Tokyo cops nab pair in bag-snatching incident in Shinjuku

Tokyo police arrest two men in bag-snatching incident on a street in Shinjuku Ward
Tokyo police arrest two men in bag-snatching incident on a street in Shinjuku Ward (Nippon News Network)

TOKYO (TR) – Two men allegedly threatened another man before chasing him down and snatching his bag on a street in Shinjuku Ward early Sunday morning.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Yoshinori Maeda, 27, and Yuda Yoshinaga, 24, for threatening the 38-year-old victim before stealing his bag containing some 14,000 yen at around 1 a.m., Nippon News Network reports (Mar. 20).

Maeda, who has been charged with robbery, admits to the charges, telling police he “did it because I ran out of money.” Yoshinaga is denying the same allegations.

The pair told the victim to “hand over 10,000 yen” before chasing him down after he fled, grabbing his chest and and saying, “You understand, right? You’re going to leave us with no choice but to overpower you.”

The suspects were arrested by officers dispatched to the scene about 20 minutes after they fled.

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