SAITAMA – A 23-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of abducting a teenage girl from Saitama Prefecture, who escaped after two years in captivity over the weekend, police said.
The 15-year-old girl from Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, vanished on March 10, 2014, after she was seen speaking with a young man in front of her home as she was returning from school.
The police believe that Terauchi abducted her by car and kept her captive for about two years at his apartment in Chiba Prefecture, and later in an apartment in Nakano Ward, Tokyo. He graduated from Chiba University in March and moved to Nakano.
Investigators said Wednesday that Terauchi had scribbled what appears to be a suicide note on the back of a receipt, saying he “had committed an incredible act.”
He also wrote that he feels sorry for his family.
The police quoted the girl as saying she was unable to flee because Terauchi kept her locked up.
The girl has also told police that during her two years in captivity, she sometimes dined out with Terauchi but could not escape because she was forced to hold his hands.
She said she was “too scared to escape” from him.
The girl managed to escape from the apartment in Nakano while Terauchi was out and made calls to her mother and the police from a public phone at JR Higash-Nakano Station shortly after noon on Sunday, according to the police.