Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested three men on suspicion of assault and robbery after they posed as women on a dating app and assaulted a male victim whom they lured to a meeting for a date.
Yuya Mikami, 22, a construction worker whose address is unknown, and two unemployed minors, were arrested on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said the incident occurred on Jan 13 along a road in Miyakojima Ward. The three suspects allegedly punched an 18-year-old man in the face and stole his shoulder bag, which contained about 20,000 yen in cash. The victim was not seriously injured in the incident.
Police said the suspects would pose as women on dating apps and contact unsuspecting male victims to lure them out on dates. While the 18-year-old victim was waiting to meet his “date,” the two minors approached him and said, “We know you’re here to meet a woman.” When the man attempted to run away, Mikami showed up and assaulted him.
Police are investigating whether Mikami is a member of a loosely organized crime group and questioning his accomplices on how many other men they have duped.© Japan Today