Police arrested five people on Monday who allegedly kidnapped a Tokyo family and held them for $9.5 million in ransom.
The kidnapping took place in October, but the victims did not immediately go to police, apparently out of fear of retaliation, an official said on condition of anonymity.
The kidnappers allegedly held a stun gun on a 36-year-old businessman in a parking lot on Oct. 12. They robbed him of $1,238 and took him to a downtown Tokyo house, where he was held captive, the official said.
The man’s parents were taken hostage at their home the same day. The assailants demanded $9.5 million in cash, and threatened to kill the couple, the official said.
The 68-year-old father, a company president, asked employees to withdraw the company’s money from banks. Part of the ransom was paid on Oct. 13, and the rest on Oct. 18.