Man seized at hospital after woman bites thief’s finger off

Kyodo

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who had his middle finger bitten off while allegedly trying to rob a woman at her apartment in Nagoya on Friday.

Police officials said Saturday that the suspect, identified as Yujiro Okada, was apprehended by a police officer while he was having his finger stitched up at a local hospital.

According to investigators, Okada broke into the woman’s apartment in the Tachibana district of Naka Ward at about 6 p.m. Friday, pretending to be a parcel delivery man.

Okada allegedly sprayed tear gas at the woman, punched her in the face and demanded money. The woman fought back and bit the intruder’s hand, severing the top part of his middle finger.

The woman, a 21-year-old restaurant worker, fled when Okada loosened his grip and called the police from a nearby house, the police said.

About 20 minutes later, Okada showed up at a hospital in Naka Ward, with the bit of his middle finger in his hand, according to the police.

Okada, arrested on charges of burglary and battery, denied the charges, the police said.