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Yuta Sugimoto (C), who slipped away from his guard during a visit to prosecutors in an office building on January 7, arrives at the prosecutors office in Kawasaki, suburban Tokyo on January 9, 2014 after he was arrested in Yokohama, near Kawasaki
TOKYO (AFP) - A massive manhunt that saw thousands of Japanese police flood the streets ended on live television Thursday with the capture of an escaped rape suspect.
Footage shot from a helicopter showed dozens of plainclothes police officers and their uniformed colleagues surrounding a man believed to be Yuta Sugimoto, 20, who slipped away during his visit to a prosecutors' office in Kawasaki, a port city south of Tokyo.
Sugimoto had been on the run since Tuesday after fleeing during a break in questioning over the gang rape and robbery of a young woman in the city on January 2.
Around 4,000 police were mobilised, along with hundreds of vehicles, helicopters, boats and sniffer dogs in the hunt for the suspect, reports have said.
Schools in the area instructed their students not to go out alone and parents told television reporters of fears for their children's safety in a country where rates of violent crime are very low.
Public broadcaster NHK aired an unusually long live broadcast of Thursday's capture, reflecting the intense media and public interest in the case.
Footage showed a man, whose head was covered, being led along a wooded path by dozens of officers, before being pushed into a waiting police car in an area of the nearby city of Yokohama.
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