An 18-year-old youth has been arrested for assault, accused of pushing a 44-year-old unemployed man onto the train tracks at JR Ogikubo station, police said Monday.
Police said the suspect, who works part time, was with his 19-year-old girlfriend at JR Ogikubo station in Suginami Ward last Friday night when he got into an argument with the man. Police said that a problem arose between the man and the girl when she was about to throw an empty drink bottle into a bin. The boy is accused of grabbing the man and pushing him onto the train tracks. The man broke one of his ribs in the fall.
A train was scheduled to arrive at the platform two minutes later, but someone pressed the emergency button and the train slowed down, allowing JR staff time to get the man back onto the platform.
The youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has admitted to the allegation and told police: “He was drunk and he grabbed my girlfriend’s arm.”© News reports