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Theft suspect flees police hospital in Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital is seen in Tokyo's Nakano Ward, on Aug. 18, 2019. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A South Korean man in his 60s, who was arrested on suspicion of theft last week, fled a Tokyo hospital Sunday morning, according to police.

    The suspect is about 180 centimeters tall and was wearing a white T-shirt, blue trousers and sandals when he left Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital in Nakano Ward. He then went to JR Nakano Station by bus, the police said Monday citing security camera footage.

    Last Tuesday, the man was arrested on the spot at a restaurant on suspicion of stealing cash. He fell as he tried to run away, breaking his collar bone and ribs.

    The police opted not to keep him in detention due to his injuries and allowed him to be taken to hospital as a suspect subject to interrogation on a voluntary basis.

    They had planned to rearrest him on Thursday when he was set to be discharged from the hospital.

    The South Korean was staying at a private room on the fifth floor of the hospital and two police officers had been posted outside his room.

    On Sunday morning he asked to go to the toilet on the same floor and fled when one of the officers took his eyes off him for less than a minute, the police said.

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