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Man flees through subway station tunnel after woman complains of sneak photography

OSAKA -- Police are searching for a man who was seen climbing onto the tracks of a subway station here after a woman complained that someone who looked like him had secretly captured images of her.

    A woman approached a worker at Sekime-Takadono Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line in Osaka's Asahi Ward at about 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 7, saying that a young man had secretly captured images of her on a platform escalator.

    Station workers searched for the man but didn't find him. When they checked security footage, they saw a man wearing similar clothes climbing down onto the tracks and heading in the direction of Sembayashi-Omiya Station about 1.1 kilometers away.

    The Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau shut down power between the two stations at around 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 8 to prevent electric shocks, and sent four workers into a tunnel between the stations to look for the man, but they couldn't find him. The stoppage delayed the last train heading from Yaominami Station to Dainichi Station by about 20 minutes, affecting around 230 passengers. Trains heading in the other direction had already finished for the day.

    Transportation Bureau officials said the man was wearing a dark top and jeans. At around 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 7, around the same time the woman alerted the station worker about the secret photography, a similarly looking man was captured on security footage on a platform of Sekime-Takadono Station. About 10 minutes later, a security camera captured a similarly looking man on the platform of Sembayashi-Omiya Station. Police suspect the man walked along the tracks and then made a getaway.

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