Police said Thursday they have taken a 12-year-old boy into custody in connection with three attacks on schoolchildren in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, earlier this week.
The first attack occurred on Tuesday when the suspect approached a 6-year-old first-grade boy in the street at around 4 p.m. and said “I’m going to kill you,” before squeezing his neck with both hands, TBS reported. A second similar attack on an 8-year-old boy was reported around 15 minutes later at a location 400 meters away. Twenty minutes later, a schoolgirl reported being groped from behind by a youth.
On Wednesday, police identified the suspect from security camera footage and took the boy into custody. Police said Thursday that he has admitted the charge and is being held at a child consultation center while they investigate his home life and school activities.© Japan Today