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Japan rape suspect caught after massive manhunt

Wednesday - 1/8/2014, 11:45pm  ET

A policeman stands guard as students arrive at an elementary school in Kawasaki, near Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Japanese police have launched a nationwide man hunt for a rape suspect who fled while he was being interrogated near Tokyo. Police say the suspect, Yuta Sugimoto, 20, fled Tuesday from the prosecutors' office in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo. A Kanagawa prefectural police official said Wednesday that he apparently loosened his waist rope after requesting a toilet break. He tore himself away from police officers and escaped. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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

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

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

Police on Wednesday mobilized 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 Monday on suspicion of robbing and gang-raping a woman with another man.

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