Convicted man arrested after 4 days on run
Japan Today -- Jun 24
A Japanese man convicted of assault and theft was arrested Sunday in Yokosuka, near Tokyo, four days after he escaped attempts to take him into custody.

Makoto Kobayashi, who brandished a knife before fleeing in a vehicle when prosecution authorities tried to take him into custody on Wednesday, was apprehended while hiding at a friend's apartment in the port city around 6:40 a.m., said the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office. This time he did not attempt to evade capture.

Kobayashi, 43, was put on a nationwide wanted list on Thursday for obstructing officers from performing their duty after staff of the prosecutors' office and police officers visited his apartment in Aikawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, around 1 p.m. the previous day to detain him.

Kobayashi was later seen driving a car down the Tomei Expressway toward Nagoya and the vehicle was found around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday outside an apartment building in Atsugi, some 7 kilometers away from his home, where a female friend of his lives, according to local police.

Before arriving at his friend's apartment, he stopped at a convenience store in Atsugi, where a security camera captured footage of him with shorter hair and wearing different clothes, the police said.

Kobayashi had been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for previous crimes, including theft and violation of the stimulants control law.

According to the police, Kobayashi had been a member of a group that engaged in 105 cases of theft throughout 2017, stealing valuables worth about 38 million yen ($354,000). He has told investigators he used the money for entertainment and living expenses.

His sentence was finalized in February this year after the Tokyo High Court turned down his appeal. He was out on bail while his appeal was ongoing and repeatedly ignored orders to report to authorities after his conviction was confirmed, the prosecutors' office said.

23日午前6時38分、神奈川県横須賀市内のアパートで逮捕された小林誠容疑者(43)が乗っているとみられる車が横浜地検に入りました。 神奈川県愛川町の自宅から傷害などの罪で実刑が確定して逃走していた小林容疑者の身柄を横須賀市内のアパートで確保し、午前6時38分に逮捕しました。小林容疑者は19日、実刑が確定したため、収容しようと自宅に向かった横浜地検の職員と神奈川県警の警察官に刃物を向けたうえ、車でその場から逃走していました。その後、小林容疑者は髪形や服装を変えて逃走していたことが分かっています。
News sources: Japan Today, ANNnewsCH
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