A hooded man held two women at knifepoint in a bank's ladies washroom in Tokyo today (Thursday) and demanded 20-million yen (24,000 sterling) in ransom and a getaway car.
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Background: A hooded man held two women at knifepoint in a bank's ladies washroom in Tokyo today (Thursday) and demanded 20-million yen (24,000 sterling) in ransom and a getaway car.
The unidentified man, aged about 30, was hiding in the washroom at the central Tokyo headquarters of the Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation.
He gagged one woman with sticking plaster and tied up a second with wire before demanding the money.
Police said the money was handed over, but almost four hours after the man captured the women, he had not made any attempt to leave the second floor washroom.
About 100 police surrounded the room and sealed off the building in Todyo's Marunuchi business district.
Bank officials at one stage talked to the man through a tiny skylight but failed to persuade him to surrender. A police officer on a step ladder also took up negotiations with the man over the top of a cubicle door, inside which the man had taken the two women.