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Tokyo cops make 10th arrest in ¥83 million heist

TOKYO (TR) – Ten arrests later — and the money remains missing.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested another suspect — bringing the total to 10 — for participation in the alleged robbery of more than 80 million yen from two employees of a precious metals dealer in Minato Ward earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (July 26).

On the afternoon of January 5, two perpetrators came up behind the employees on a road just north of the Tokyo Midtown shopping and office complex in the Akasaka area. “I’ll stab you,” one of the perpetrators threatened while holding a knife.

After beating both victims over the head, the perpetrators snatched a bag containing about 83 million yen in cash and fled in a car driven by a third man. The victims suffered injuries that required between two and three weeks to heal, police said previously.

The latest suspect is Kazuya Asai, a 29-year-old kickboxer living in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. During questioning, the suspect said he had “no connection” to the incident in denying the allegations.

Kazuya Asai
Kazuya Asai (Twitter)


Through earlier this month, police had arrested nine suspects, including four members of the Yamaguchi-gumi criminal syndicate. Despite the arrests, the location of the money remains unknown.

Police believe several Yamaguchi-gumi members played key roles in the crime by communicating with the other suspects via a social-networking service.

After the incident, the victims told police that they were headed to use the cash to make a purchase of gold bars from a precious metals dealer. The meeting point was supposed to be a residence.

However, police were unable to confirm the existence of the residence, leading them to suspect that the victims had been set up.