Woman Held for Breaking into Premises of Abe's Residence


Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)--A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly breaking into the premises of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's private residence in Tokyo.

Officers on patrol from Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department found the woman, Eri Shimada, standing within the premises of Abe's residence in the Tomigaya district in Shibuya Ward in the Japanese capital around 11 a.m. (2 a.m. GMT) and arrested her on the spot.

In the woman's bag were items including a hatchet, a container with a liquid that appeared to be gasoline and tear gas spray, according to investigative sources. The MPD will investigate details of the incident, such as the suspect's motives.

The suspect, who claims to be a company employee and resident of the city of Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture central Japan, told the police, "I thought I would be able to reset my life if I enter the prime minister's residence and am arrested," noting that her relations with her parents are not good, according to the sources.

Abe was home when the incident occurred. Shimada was apprehended by the police officers after a security sensor was activated following her intrusion, the sources said.

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