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Three held for robbery, one still at large

Date Posted: 1998-06-20

Ginowan Police arrested two men and a woman for allegedly robbing other two men and a 17-year old girl, Friday. According to investigators, the suspects were driving in two cars along Highway 330 when they stopped a car driven by two men and the girl. The robbers then dragged the driver of the car from his seat and took over the control of the car. They then drove the car and the youths to Okinawa City where they assaulted the two men and took 6,000 in cash from them. They then left the scene and took the 17-year old girl with them.

One of the men who was assaulted reported the incident to the police who was able to apprehend one of the robbers. The police also managed to take the 17-year old girl into protective custody later in the morning. The man in custody identified the other suspects and the police arrested two of them shortly afterwards. Held are Kozuo Otake, 47, Hideji Uchima, 23 and Tami Makabe, 22. The police are still looking for a third suspect who remains at large.

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