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Tokyo cops nab pair in Shimbashi hammer attack that left 2 injured

Takeishi Sakamoto
Takeishi Sakamoto

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two persons in the assault and robbery of a male company president, 39, and his employee, 22, by two men with a hammer in Minato Ward in December, reports Nippon News Network (Feb. 1).

On December 20, Takeishi Sakamoto, 22, and Hajime Kojima, 21, both of whom are employed in the construction industry in Fukuoka Prefecture, approached the victims from behind as they exited their office onto a street in the Nishi-Shimbashi area and allegedly assaulted them with a rubber hammer.

The suspects then stole a bag containing around 200,000 yen in cash before fleeing the scene in a taxi.

The company president suffered broken bones in his face in the incident while his employee received various injuries.

Sakamoto and Kojima became persons of interest for police after an examination of security camera footage showed the pair, one of whom was described as having a mohawk haircut, exiting a taxi at Tokyo Station.

During questioning, both suspects generally admitted to the allegations.