Man accused of drugging and raping woman met with ‘dropped coin’ ruse
tokyoreporter.com -- Aug 06
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly drugging and raping a woman earlier this year, reports TBS News (Aug. 6).

Early on June 17, Yoshiaki Kajiwara, of no known occupation, allegedly plied the woman, aged in her 20s, with a sleeping powder mixed inside a drink in Nakano Ward.

The suspect then took her to a hotel in Shinjuku Ward where he is alleged to have raped her and stolen 10,000 yen in cash.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of coerced intercourse and robbery, Kajiwara denied the allegations. “I do not remember [the matter],” the suspect was quoted by police in denying the allegations.

Prior to the incident, Kajiwara called out to the woman, who had been drinking, on a street in Nakano. “You dropped a 10-yen coin?” he reportedly asked.

After using unspecified means to get her to consume the sleeping powder-laced drink, he took her to Shinjuku by taxi.

Police are now attempting to learn how Kajiwara obtained the drug, which is not widely available in Japan.

東京・中野区の路上で20代の女性に睡眠作用のある薬を混ぜた飲み物を飲ませてホテルで乱暴しようとしたなどとして、34歳の男が逮捕されました。  職業不詳の梶原喜明容疑者は6月、中野区の路上で20代の女性に睡眠作用のある薬を混ぜた飲み物を飲ませて意識を朦朧(もうろう)とさせ、東京・新宿区内のホテルで乱暴しようとしたうえ、財布から現金1万円などを奪った疑いが持たれています。警視庁によりますと、梶原容疑者は酒に酔っていた女性に「10円落としましたよ」などと声を掛けて言葉巧みに飲み物を飲ませ、タクシーに乗せてホテルに連れ込んだということです。梶原容疑者は取り調べに対して「記憶にありません」と容疑を否認しています。飲み物に入れられていた薬物は一般的に販売されているものではないとみられ、警視庁は入手経路など詳しく調べています。
News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
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