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Rape suspect caught after massive manhunt

Tokyo -

Japanese police have captured a rape suspect who fled from an interrogation room at a prosecutors' office near Tokyo following a rare, nationwide manhunt.

Yuta Sugimoto, centre, who slipped away from his guard during a visit to prosecutors in an office building on January 7, arrives at the prosecutors office in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on January 9, 2014 after he was arrested in Yokohama, near Kawasaki. Picture: JIJI PRESS. Credit: AFP

The suspect, Yuta Sugimoto, 20, was found on Thursday hiding in a park in the nearby city of Yokohama.

Television showed police escorting Sugimoto to a waiting police car. He fled on Tuesday while meeting with his lawyer at the prosecutors' office in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo.

Police on Wednesday mobilised 4 000 officers for the manhunt following an unsuccessful overnight search.

The escape also triggered fears among residents in the area. Some parents accompanied their children to schools, while students went to school in groups.

Police say Sugimoto was arrested on Monday on suspicion of robbing and gang-raping a woman with another man. - Sapa-AP

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