• Kyodo


A 72-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after shooting a security guard at a UFJ Bank branch here and trying to run away with a bag containing 50 million yen in cash, police said.

The suspect, who identified himself as Hiroshi Nakamura of Kobe, was subdued by another security guard at UFJ’s Oshikiri branch in Nishi Ward.

According to police, Nakamura emerged from the shadows after waiting for a cash transport vehicle to reach the compound from a back entrance at around 10:30 a.m.

Security guard Satoshi Kitazawa, 55, who was standing at the side of the vehicle while another guard was removing cash from the vehicle, was shot in his legs.

According to investigators, Kitazawa walked toward Nakamura as he approached the vehicle, whereupon Nakamura shot him once. The second shot was fired after Nakamura had turned around to flee.

The suspect then grabbed a bag containing around 50 million yen and attempted to escaped, but the other guard, 29-year-old Koji Kabutoya, chased him and was able to pin him down just as he was trying to get in a car parked in a nearby vacant lot.

Nakamura was placed under arrest by Aichi Prefectural Police on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder. Investigators said the suspect told police he committed the crime because he needed money to get by.

Kitazawa was seriously wounded, but doctors said his life was not threatened.

The robber was carrying three handguns, including a semiautomatic, and was apparently wearing a wig as a disguise. The hairpiece was found near the getaway car. The car in which he was trying to escape had been reported stolen in Nara Prefecture, according to police.

The bank is located about 1 km west of Nagoya Castle and faces an intersection on National Route No. 22.

On Monday, another cash transport vehicle in Nagoya was robbed by a gunman and two security guards were shot and wounded.

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