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Tucson, Arizona’s Tadashi Kojima chats with Layton, Utah boy over Roblox, charged with kidnapping, resisting arrest

Tadashi Kura Kojima, 26, of Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, United States has multiple aliases. He is also identified as Aaron M. Zeman, Hunter Fox and Hunter Wolf.

Kojima had ties to Arizona and Texas, USA. He is listed as a managing member of Wolf & Co. Confidential LLC, which is based in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

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Created by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 as DynaBlocks, Roblox was released in 2006. While sexual content is prohibited on the online game platform, it has been criticized for the presence of sexually explicit games and imagery within it.

Kojima had been chatting with a boy, 13, of Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA over Roblox through Oculus VR. The boy was allegedly invited to join a Discord chat with the Tucson man.

On November 29, 2022, the boy’ father contacted the Layton Police Department to report his son was having “homosexual” conversations with an adult online. The boy and Kojima allegedly exchanged nude photos and videos and sexual texts through Discord and Twitter before moving their conversations to FaceTime calls.

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On December 27, 2022, the boy left his home in Layton to meet Kojima. When the boy did not return, the Layton City Police Department was contacted and an Amber Alert was issued.

On December 28, 2022, Kojima drove a white Toyota Avalon with the boy in the passenger’s seat. The Tucson man pulled up to a station pump at a Git ‘N Split gas station in Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA though no one exited the car to fill it.

The car pulled away from the pump, turned around and proceeded down a wrong-way road before parking again. An employee at the gas station notified the Grand Island Police Department of the suspicious activity. 

When Grand Island Police Department officers advised Kojima he was going to be placed under arrest, he tensed up and started resisting officers from placing cuffs on him. He was arrested at around 3:00 a.m. and was booked into jail at 6:07 a.m. while the boy was safely sent back home.

At 11:00 a.m., the Hall County Attorney’s Office officially charged Kojima with one felony count of kidnapping and one count of resisting arrest. He is being held on a $1 million bail and would need to produce $100,000 to bond out of custody.

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