Teen escapes kidnapper accused of keeping her captive two years

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TOKYO — Police in Japan have caught a 23-year-old man wanted for allegedly abducting a teenage girl who escaped a day earlier after being held captive in his apartment for two years.

Police said Monday that the girl, now aged 15, escaped from suspect Kabu Terauchi’s apartment in downtown Tokyo on Sunday while he was out shopping and called home from a pay phone. She disappeared two years ago from her hometown in Saitama, near Tokyo.

Saitama police say investigators captured Terauchi Monday near a forest west of Tokyo. He was bleeding from the neck from a minor self-inflicted injury. Police plan to formally arrest him with kidnapping.

Terauchi graduated from university this month and even had a job offer while allegedly keeping the girl locked in his apartment.