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Tokyo cops use DNA analysis to nab man in ’07 robbery case

Toshifumi Yamaguchi
Tokyo police have accused Toshifumi Yamaguchi of robbing a woman of 9,000 yen from her residence in Toshima Ward in 2007 (TBS News)

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have used a DNA analysis to apprehend a suspect in a decade-old robbery case just months before the expiration of the statute of limitations, reports TV Asahi (May 10).

In September of 2007, Toshifumi Yamaguchi, 38, allegedly snuck into the second-floor residence of a woman, then 26, covered her mouth and jumped atop her. He then stole 9,000 yen in cash before fleeing the scene.

With the statute of limitations in robbery cases being 10 years, police earlier this year re-examined a towel found at the crime scene. The results of a DNA analysis of the item proved to be a match for the suspect, who was first arrested for a theft case five years ago.

Yamaguchi admits to the allegations. “But I do not remember the details clearly, ” the suspect is quoted by the Sugamo Police Station, according to TBS News (May 10).