An 18-year-old student was arrested for rape and assault on Monday after he allegedly raped a 26-year-old woman as she was on her way home in Yokohama City at about midnight on Aug 12.
The suspect, a first-year student at Nippon Sport Science University and a member of the wrestling club, is accused of riding his bicycle into the back of the woman as she was walking home, and then carrying her down a small path between rice fields where he raped her and inflicted injuries to her face and arms. The suspect, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has admitted to the allegations, police said.
Both the suspect and the woman live in Aoba Ward, where the assault took place, and police said security camera footage helped to identify the perpetrator.
A representative from the university said they could not comment until full details of the incident were known. The university’s wrestling club is famous for producing gold medalists in the 1964, 1976 and 1988 Olympics. The club was forced to cease all activities for a month in late 2006 after a 19-year-old member was arrested for stealing a pair of women’s underwear.© News reports