• Kyodo


A hit-and-run suspect abducted a female motorist at gunpoint here Sunday evening, according to investigators.

Shortly after he allegedly got into a hit-and-run accident, the suspect allegedly flagged the woman down, threatened her with a firearm, jumped into her vehicle and sped off, police said.

They are treating the case as an armed kidnapping.

Police said Monday they found what appear to be bullet holes in a wall along the side of the road, and that witnesses reported hearing shots.

The alleged abductor is thought to be between 25 and 30, has dyed blonde hair and was dressed in a red shirt at the time of the incident, police said.

The suspect and a male passenger were traveling in a rental car when it and another vehicle apparently sideswiped each other in an intersection on a road in Higashi-Nada Ward.

While being pursued by the other vehicle, the suspect’s car hit the road’s median after failing to negotiate a bend.

The two men then jumped out and ran into the opposite lane, where the alleged abduction took place, the police said, adding that the whereabouts of the suspect’s accomplice are also unknown.

According to witness accounts, several suspected gangsters were arguing with each other near the site of the incident before it occurred, the police said.

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