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Sushi shop employee nabbed over attempted robbery of Shibuya convenience store in ’11

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male employee at a sushi shop over the alleged attempted robbery of a convenience store in Shibuya Ward nine years ago, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Apr. 10).

At around 2:55 a.m. on January 13, 2011, Rikito Tengan, a part-time employee, allegedly entered an outlet of Lawson in the Nanpeidaicho area while wielding a knife. “Hand over the money,” he reportedly said to a 34-year-old male clerk.

After the clerk refused to comply, Tengan fled the scene empty-handed.

“I wanted money for playing around and dining out,” Tengan was quoted in admitting to the allegations, the Shibuya Police Station said.

Rikito Tengan(Twitter)

Last year, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Tengan as a part of a molestation case. During that investigation, police connected him to the attempted robbery via a DNA analysis of evidence on the knife, which was found dropped near the store.

The statute of limitations for prosecution in the case are set to expire in January of next year.