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Man escapes from Osaka police station after meeting with lawyer

Junya Hida (Photo courtesy of Osaka Prefectural Police)

OSAKA -- A 30-year-old man indicted on a charge of robbery resulting in injury escaped from a police station in the city of Tondabayashi in southern Osaka Prefecture on Aug. 12 following an interview with a lawyer, Osaka Prefectural Police said.

Junya Hida was found missing from the interview room at Tondabayashi Police Station at around 9:45 p.m. Hida, who was additionally served with an arrest warrant on suspicion of attempted rape and other charges on Aug. 8, had been in an interview with his lawyer from around 7:30 p.m. In the meeting room, the acrylic plate dividing the suspect and the lawyer was broken, police said.

It is not clear when the lawyer left the room. No officers at the station witnessed Hida's escape, and no one was injured.

Hida is about 163 centimeters tall and is of medium build. He has black hair parted in the middle, and was wearing a black long-sleeved tracksuit jacket and a pair of gray sweatpants.

Osaka police suspect that Hida was also linked to an incident in which an investigative vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of Habikino Police Station in southern Osaka Prefecture on May 2.

Tondabayashi Police Station is located about 100 meters south of Tondabayashi-Nishiguchi Station on the Kintetsu Nagano Line. The municipal government building and a school are located nearby.

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