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(Update) Man Arrested over Police Box Attack, Gun Robbery in Western Japan

(Update) Man Arrested over Police Box Attack, Gun Robbery in Western Japan

   Suita, Osaka Pref., June 17 (Jiji Press)--The prefectural police department of Osaka arrested a 33-year-old man on Monday morning for alleged robbery and attempted murder over an incident on Sunday in which a police officer at a police box in the western Japan prefecture was critically stabbed and his handgun was stolen.
   The police department found and seized the suspect, Yujiro Iimori, in a mountain in the Osaka Prefecture city of Minoo, which borders the city of Suita, where the police box is located, after mobilizing some 5,000 police officers in the search for the man following the attack.
   The police also confiscated the handgun the suspect carried with him. One of the five bullets loaded in the gun is believed to have been fired.
   Iimori denied the allegations against him, saying, "I didn't commit the crime," according to the police department. The police also quoted him as saying, "It's because my illness worsened, it's because people around me became terrible."
   When the police found him in the mountain, Iimori was lying on a bench, with a plastic bag containing the gun placed under the bench. Only four bullets were left in the revolver.

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