After nearly two years captive a teenage girl who was kidnapped has escaped.
The 15-year-old girl ran from the Tokyo flat while her captor was shopping – calling her family from a payphone on Sunday.
Speaking with detectives, the girl said she escaped because her male captor forgot to lock the door from the outside when he went out to Akihabara, an area popular with comic book and video game fans.
The girl’s mother reported the phone call to the police and officers raided the apartment.
A 23-year-old man Kabu Terauchi has been held by police on suspicion of kidnapping, after being captured on Monday. Kabu was located near a forest to the west of Tokyo and officers say he was bleeding from the neck.
Unable to be named, the girl disappeared from her hometown of Saitama on the outskirts of the Japanese capital in March 2014. At the time, she was last seen speaking to a man in front of her home. A note in her handwriting was found in her letterbox saying: “Don’t look for me.”
Police report that the girl told them she had spent the majority of the past two years in Terauchi’s apartment near his university in Chiba. He had moved to Tokyo last month after receiving a job offer and taken his captive with him.
She also said she was always locked up in the apartment and closely watched. Occasionally she was taken outside the apartment, but was always accompanied.