Tokyo cops: Employee slashed in market robbery in Koenji

Tokyo police have arrested a man in the attempted robbery of an outlet of Mini Piago, in the Koenji Minami area on Monday
Tokyo police have arrested a man in the attempted robbery of an outlet of Mini Piago in the Koenji Minami area on Monday

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a man following an attempted robbery at a market in Suginami Ward that left one employee slightly injured on Monday, reports TV Asahi (June 12).

At 9:40 a.m., police received a call about a man who entered an outlet of Mini Piago, located in the Koenji Minami area, with a knife and began jostling with a male employee.

The man then fled the scene empty-handed. Police arriving at the scene apprehended the suspect, believed to be in his 20s, after tracking him to an apartment building located about 250 meters from the store.

When the man initially entered the store, he showed the knife to a female cashier in demanding money. The male employee then attempted to apprehend him. Prior to running from the store, the man slashed the employee in the arm.

Update: The name of the suspect is Yuki Kawashima, 23. He denies the charges, according TBS News (June 12).

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