Japanese police have launched a rare nationwide man hunt for a rape suspect who fled while he was being interrogated near Tokyo. Police said Wednesday that the suspect, Yuta Sugimoto, 20, fled the day before from the prosecutors' office in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo.
He apparently loosened his waist rope after requesting a toilet break, Kanagawa prefectural police official said on condition of anonymity due to departmental rules. The suspect tore himself away from police officers and escaped. The rare escape of a suspect during interrogation caught a nationwide attention was not only an embarrassment for the authorities but raised safety concerns among local residents. (AP)