Osaka biker arrested for allegedly dragging police officer down road
OSAKA — A biker who allegedly dragged a police officer down a road after being detained for questioning has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges, Osaka Prefectural Police said April 24.
Kanta Nagano, 22, a self-proclaimed construction industry worker from Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture, is charged with attempted murder and obstructing public duty. Nagano reportedly denied the allegations against him, telling police, “I fled on my bicycle because I was afraid my driving without a license would be exposed, but I don’t remember dragging the officer down the street.”
The suspect is specifically charged with suddenly fleeing on his motorcycle around 11:20 p.m. on April 22 at an intersection near Sannose Park in Higashiosaka after being stopped and questioned by a 33-year-old sergeant from the Fuse police station of the police. prefectural. .
When the sergeant, from the community affairs division, tried to stop the bike, Nagano allegedly continued driving while dragging the officer, thus attempting to assassinate him. The sergeant was thrown from the bike approximately 1.5 kilometers away and suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs and broken shoulder bones. He would be able to speak.
According to the prefectural police’s first criminal investigation division and other sources, the sergeant spotted Nagano on a motorcycle with its license plate concealed and asked him to stop. The suspect then suddenly fled, but the strap that attached a handgun to the sergeant got caught near the back seat of the motorcycle and the officer was dragged after falling in the road. About several minutes later, the bike came to an abrupt stop and the gun strap separated from the vehicle, knocking the officer off the bike.
Osaka Prefectural Police confiscated a wallet the suspect had dropped on the road while fleeing and identified him from his health insurance card and security camera footage. Nagano was eventually found at his parents’ house and was arrested.
(Japanese original by Yusuke Kori and Minhyang Hong, Osaka City News Department; video provided by local resident)