A suspected illegal immigrant escaped from the custody of Haneda airport security guards this week, officials said Thursday.
According to police and immigration officials, the man arrived at Haneda Airport on Monday night, using a German passport that had been reported stolen. While immigration control looked into the issue, the man was moved to airport employee accommodation in a restricted area, TV Asahi reported. A Haneda airport spokesperson said his room was monitored by a guard from a private security firm 24 hours a day.
However, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the man reportedly told the guard he just wanted to step outside the room to smoke. The guard was walking him to a smoking area when the man broke away and made his escape on foot, TV Asahi reported.
The man was described as Caucasian, with dark hair and around 175 cm tall. Airport security say he was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants.