Tokyo man arrested for kidnapping 9-yr-old girl he met via online game
Kyodo -- Sep 07
A Tokyo man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 9-year-old schoolgirl he met through an online game and confining her for more than two days, with investigative sources saying he had invited her to play together via the game's voice chat function.

Akihito Otake, 38, who was arrested on Saturday, has admitted to the charge of kidnapping her in his car on a road in the city of Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. The girl did not suffer any injuries.

The two were playing an online game in which multiple players in different groups compete with each other. The girl, who was playing the game through the smartphone of one of her parents, is believed to have communicated with Otake via the game's voice chat function on when and where to meet.

The girl had told some friends whom she was playing with at a park on Wednesday that she was going to meet "a friend in Tokyo." But after she failed to return home past her curfew at 5 p.m., her mother alerted the police.

横浜市の小学4年の女の子(9)を誘拐したとして38歳の男が逮捕された事件で、男が「一緒にゲームをしよう」と女の子を誘い、連れ去っていたことが分かりました。  東京・葛飾区の大竹晃史容疑者は2日、横浜市青葉区の路上で小学4年の女の子を誘拐して2日間以上、連れ回した疑いで6日朝に送検されました。女の子は2日午後、友人に「東京の友達と会う」と言い残した後に行方が分からなくなっていました。その後の捜査関係者への取材で、大竹容疑者は「一緒にゲームをしよう」と誘い、連れ去っていたことが分かりました。大竹容疑者は容疑を認め、「オンラインゲームで知り合った」と供述しています。
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