Japanese Man on Run after Escaping Imprisonment Arrested


Yokohama, June 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese public prosecutors arrested on Sunday morning a man who had been on the run after escaping imprisonment following his finalized sentence for charges including theft and assault.

Arrested by the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office for allegedly obstructing officers from performing their duties was Makoto Kobayashi 43.

Kobayashi was held in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, after being found hiding in an apartment in the city by the Kanagawa prefectural police department on the day.

Surrounding the apartment rented by an acquaintance of Kobayashi, dozens of police officers persuaded the fugitive to surrender. Kobayashi was apprehended upon coming out of the apartment around 6:40 a.m. (9:40 p.m. Saturday GMT).

The acquaintance, Daisuke Kochi, a 38-year-old self-proclaimed construction worker, was also arrested, on suspicion of harboring Kobayashi. Kochi admitted the allegations against him, investigative sources said.

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