Deaf Men Suspected Of Assaulting And Robbing Deaf
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 18, 2006
TAKAMATSU, JAPAN--Three people, two of whom are deaf and do not talk, have been arrested for conspiring to steal 3 million yen ($26,000 US) from a 77-year-old deaf woman.
Kagawa Prefectural Police told Mainichi Daily News that Harumi Otani, 59, Hirofumi Takaya, 65, and Takaya's daughter, Masami, 40, learned about the woman last January during a sporting event for deaf people.
In August, they allegedly went to the woman's home, threatened her using sign language, knocked her to the ground, and then took her into the city. There they forced her to withdraw the money from two accounts at an agricultural cooperative and give it to them.
Otani and Takaya are both deaf.
Police said the three suspects learned about other potential victims at the gateball competition last winter. Their investigation continues.