• Kyodo


A 32-year-old man who held a worker at knife point inside a convenience store in Aichi Prefecture in the early hours Monday was arrested after police stormed the premises.

Yasuhito Suzuki, an unemployed resident of Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, reportedly entered the 7-Eleven convenience store in Okazaki at 2:55 a.m., and took one of the two employees hostage. The victim was identified as a 28-year-old male part-time worker.

The police quoted Suzuki as saying: “I was so depressed about life. I wanted to do something big.”

Upon entering the premises, Suzuki told the clerks he did not want money, but told them to bring liquor and go into the office, according to the police.

Later, a customer came into the store. One of the two employees managed to leave with the customer and called the police.

At around 6:15 a.m., Suzuki told the hostage to call the police, and told him to say: “don’t come in, or I’ll kill the hostage.”

Police officers entered the store at around 8 a.m. and arrested Suzuki. The hostage sustained minor injuries to his chin from being held at knife point.

When apprehended, Suzuki reportedly had a towel wrapped around his head, covering his mouth.

The 7-Eleven store is located around a kilometer northwest of JR Okazaki Station in an area where there are houses and shops.


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