Tokyo cops nab man who admits to multiple taxi robberies

Yu Kikuchi admits to robbing several taxi drivers in Tokyo in March
Yu Kikuchi admits to robbing several taxi drivers in Tokyo in March (TBS News)

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 22-year-old man suspected in a series of robberies of drivers of taxis in the metropolis this month, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 28).

At 10:30 p.m. on March 11, Yu Kikuchi allegedly threatened a driver with a knife inside a cab in the Oshiage area of Sumida Ward. The suspect then snatched a plastic case containing about 10,000 yen in cash before fleeing the scene.

Kikuchi, who has been charged with robbery, admits to the charges. He says he pulled the same crime in other wards, including Shinagawa and Shibuya, between March 9 and 11.

In carrying out the crime in Sumida, the suspect utilized a neck warmer to conceal himself. However, a security camera captured his face at one point when the warmer was unfastened, which led to his identification by police.

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