Osaka Police Struggling to Find Escaped Suspect


Osaka, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--Police searched accommodation facilities in Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday for a 30-year-old man who escaped from a detention house of a local police station almost a month ago.

Deploying a total of some 90,000 officers, the Osaka Prefectural Police Department has conducted door-to-door checks, including of vacant houses and warehouses mainly in and around Matsubara, in the western Japan prefecture, where the parents of the suspect, Junya Hida, live.

The police have also contacted his acquaintances and relatives, suspecting that they might be sheltering Hida. They have yet to obtain any significant clue to his whereabouts, however.

Life-size cutouts of the suspect have been installed at train stations and other places, while a toll-free number has been opened to seek information.

Hida, charged with rape, theft and other crimes, escaped from a visiting room of the detention facility in the Tondabayashi police station after a meeting with his lawyer on the night of Aug. 12 by breaking an acrylic plate that divided the detainee and the visitor.

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