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Aomori cops nab programmer again for kidnapping girl he met online

Konosuke Yokota
Konosuke Yokota

TOKYO (TR) – Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested a 36-year-old programmer in the abduction of a girl from Aomori Prefecture, the suspect’s second apprehension for the same crime this year, reports TBS News (Dec. 8).

On December 5, Konosuke Yokota lured the girl, a middle school student he met via an online computer game and a social-networking service, to his residence in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward. The suspect then allegedly abducted her for a 10-hour period.

Yokota has generally admitted to the allegations. “I didn’t think it was a crime,” the suspect is quoted by police in denying intent to commit a violation.

The parents of the girl alerted police after they could not located her. She was later found on a road near Yokota’s residence, according to Fuji News Network (Dec. 7).

In June, police arrested Yokota for abducting a 16-year-old girl he met through Twitter and holding her in his apartment in Tokyo for more than three weeks.