Three men were indicted Thursday for the June 26 kidnapping Kanako Ikeda, a 21-year-old university student who is the daughter of well-known cosmetic surgeon Yuko Ikeda, prosecutors said.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office charged Li Yong, 29, an unemployed Chinese man with no fixed address; Kaneo Ito, 49, also unemployed and with no fixed address; and Choi Gi Ho, 54, a South Korean electrical engineer living in Yokohama.
The three are believed to have kidnapped Kanako Ikeda, a senior at Tokyo’s Meiji Gakuin University, from a street near her home in Shibuya Ward just after noon on June 26. They then allegedly made 14 phone calls to her mother seeking ransom, while holding her captive in an apartment in Kawasaki.
Police stormed the apartment and rescued Ikeda unharmed at around 1:30 a.m. on June 27.
All three suspects were arrested the same day, with police capturing Ito in the apartment where Kanako was held.
Ito was previously wanted for alleged involvement in the robbery of 11 million yen from a pachinko parlor in Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture, in April.
The three indicted in the kidnapping apparently worked together to commit crimes, police said.
Yuko Ikeda, 47, who runs her own clinic in Shibuya, has made numerous TV appearances and was dubbed by the media someone who “earns 1 million yen an hour.” Her daughter has also appeared in interviews with her, and is CEO of her mom’s cosmetics firm.
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