SAITAMA – A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of abducting a teenage girl in 2014 told investigators he had wanted to carry out such a kidnapping since his junior high school days, police said Friday.
Details about Kabu Tera-uchi’s confession emerged a day after police arrested him for allegedly abducting the now 15-year-old girl. She was in captivity for two years before she finally escaped last weekend and was placed in protective custody in Tokyo.
The girl from Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, went missing on March 10, 2014, after she was seen speaking with a young man in front of her home as she was returning from school.
Terauchi, who was sent to prosecutors on Friday, was quoted by police investigators as saying he was randomly looking for a female victim when he “found one girl who went home alone from her junior high school and followed her.” He said he later “kidnapped her after checking up on her.”
According to police, Tera-uchi searched for a place to find his victim through an Internet-based mapping application and chose Asaka because the city met the right conditions, being neither countryside nor urban. He said he was not familiar with the city.
Police are investigating how Terauchi gathered information about the girl, who told investigators he initially addressed her by her full name.
Police believe Terauchi abducted the victim by car and kept her captive first at his apartment in Chiba Prefecture, where he lived until February, and later in an apartment in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward.
They found his white minivehicle Monday at a facility to keep scrapped cars in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and they are investigating whether he tried to destroy evidence.
He graduated from Chiba University on March 23 but the university on Thursday said it is withholding his degree because he may be liable to disciplinary action.
After the girl escaped from the apartment in Nakano on Sunday, police found Tera-uchi with self-inflicted wounds in Ito, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Monday.
He is believed to have drunk beer and whiskey before attempting to commit suicide by slashing his throat with a box cutter.
A receipt with words “I committed a terrible (crime)” written on the back suggested he had intended to write his confession in a suicide note.
The parents of the girl issued a statement following Tera-uchi’s arrest, saying they cannot forgive him for ruining their daughter’s life. “We want to say to him to give back the two years of our daughter and (our) family … ,” they said.
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