Man Arrested over Police Box Attack, Gun Robbery in Western Japan


Suita, Osaka Pref., June 17 (Jiji Press)--The prefectural police department of Osaka arrested a 33-year-old man on Monday morning for alleged robbery and attempted murder over an incident on Sunday in which a police officer at a police box in the western Japan prefecture was critically stabbed and robbed of his handgun.

The police department found and seized the suspect, Yujiro Iimori, in the Osaka Prefecture city of Minoo, which borders the city of Suita, where the police box is located, after mobilizing some 5,000 police officers in the search for the man following the attack.

The revolver was loaded with five bullets when it was stolen. But only four of them were found in the gun when it was recovered with the arrest of Iimori, suggesting that one bullet was fired, police sources said.

Iimori, a resident of Shinagawa Ward in Tokyo, had lived in areas around Suita until he graduated from high school.

The police box, staffed with the assaulted officer, Suzunosuke Kose, 26, and two senior police officers, is in front of Senriyama Station on the Hankyu Senri Line of railway operator Hankyu Corp.

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