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Thieves go to 11: Tokyo cops make one more arrest in Akasaka heist

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested another suspect — bringing the total to 11 — 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 TV Asahi (Sept. 4).

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 an 18-year-old boy. During questioning, the suspect said he was involved in the incident and “was also paid” in admitting to the allegations.

Two men robbed employees of a precious metals company on a road in Akasaka in January (Twitter)

Through July, police had arrested 10 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.