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Alleged kidnapper of teen girl arrested on release from hospital

Kyodo

A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of abducting a teenage girl from Saitama Prefecture two years ago, police said. The teenager escaped captivity over the weekend.

The arrest of Kabu Terauchi came after he was discharged from a Shizuoka Prefecture hospital, where he was being treated for self-inflicted wounds after attempting suicide by slashing his throat with a box cutter.

The police found Terauchi in the city of Ito in the prefecture on Monday after receiving an emergency call about a man covered in blood. He was transferred to a Saitama police station Thursday.

The 15-year-old girl from Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, vanished on March 10, 2014, after she was seen speaking with a young man in front of her home as she was returning from school.

The suspect has admitted abducting the girl and told investigators that they had not met before the abduction, according to police.

The police believe that Terauchi abducted her by car and kept her captive for about two years in his apartment in Chiba Prefecture, and later in an apartment in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward. He graduated from Chiba University in March and moved to Nakano. The university has said it is considering revoking his diploma.

Investigators said Wednesday that Terauchi had scribbled what appears to be a suicide note on the back of a receipt, saying he “had committed an incredible act.”

He also wrote that he felt sorry for his family.

The police quoted the girl as saying she was unable to flee because Terauchi kept her locked up.

The girl has also told police that during her two years in captivity she sometimes dined out with Terauchi but could not escape because she was forced to hold his hand.

She said she was “too scared to escape.”

The girl managed to escape from the apartment in Nakano while Terauchi was out, calling her mother and the police from a public phone at JR Higashi-Nakano Station shortly after noon on Sunday, according to police.

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