OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested four men over the alleged assault and robbery of a woman in Higashi-Osaka City earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 27).
On the night of September 2, Tenta Emi, a 20-year-old employee in the construction industry, Yuta Suzuki, a 20-year-old employee at a bar, and two other men allegedly came up from behind the woman, 26, at her apartment building as she commuted home and strangled her around the neck.
After she fainted, the suspects then snatched her handbag, which contained about 5,000 yen in cash and at least one bank card. The woman suffered light injuries to her neck, the Hirano Police Station said.
Emi surfaced as a person of interest in the case after an examination of security camera footage taken at the building. “My purpose was money,” Emi was quoted by police in admitting to the allegations.
Police have also arrested Emi’s 21-year-old girlfriend, who works as a nurse, for allegedly concealing the suspect from law enforcement after the crime.
Police located Emi at the residence of the family of his girlfriend in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture.