Chiba police free female hostage, arrest man after attack, standoff at church
Japan Times -- Feb 19
Chiba Prefectural Police arrested a 36-year-old man Friday after he went on an injurious rampage and barricaded himself in a church with a hostage 51-year-old female counselor in the town of Sakura.

Police investigators stormed the church just before 5 a.m. Friday and arrested Daisuke Kotabe for allegedly confining the woman, who suffered injuries but was safe.

Kotabe, who is from Sakura, has owned up to attacking the victim and holding her hostage, the police said.

They said Kotabe was at the church to receive counseling from the woman when at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday he took out a bat and a knife from his rucksack and attacked his parents, who are in their 70s, the counselor and one other man, also in his 70s, at the church.

His parents and the man were also injured, but they managed to escape, the police said, adding none of the four victims sustained life-threatening injuries.

千葉県で男が教会に人質を取って立てこもっているということです。 警察によりますと、18日午後8時半ごろ、千葉県佐倉市の教会で、30代から40代ぐ­らいの刃物を持った男が人質を取って立てこもっています。女性1人が人質になっている­という情報もあります。

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