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Osaka man held on drug charges escapes from prosecutors' car

Law enforcers examine a security camera near where Ryotaro Oue escaped in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, on Nov. 9, 2019. (Mainichi/Kenji Konoha)

OSAKA -- A man facing trial on drug charges escaped from a prosecutors' car in the predawn hours of Nov. 9 in the western Japan prefecture of Osaka while being sent to a police station after his bail was revoked, prosecutors said.

Ryotaro Oue (Photo courtesy of the Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office)

The incident came less than two weeks after a woman on trial for violating traffic laws and other crimes fled from prosecutors in a car in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, on Oct. 30.

At around 4 a.m., the defendant, 42-year-old Ryotaro Oue, escaped from a prosecutors' office car in a residential area in the Shinmachi district of Higashiosaka. He was being sent to Osaka Prefectural Police's Hiraoka Police Station about 600 meters south.

Oue complained that his handcuffs were too tight and a prosecution secretary escorting him removed a handcuff from one of his hands when he suddenly acted violently and escaped from the vehicle.

Oue, under indictment on charges of violating the Stimulants Control Act and other counts, is 171 centimeters tall and thin, with closely cropped hair. He was wearing a dark blue shirt and camouflage-printed trousers, the prefectural police said.

(Japanese original by Shiho Matsumoto, Osaka City News Department)

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