Police said Tuesday they have arrested four high school students, aged 16-17, for assaulting a homeless man in Shakuji Park in Tokyo's Nerima Ward in December. The youths, who cannot be named because they are minors, have admitted to assaulting 5 or 6 other elderly homeless men in parks, Sankei Shimbun reported.
On Dec 12 at about 3 a.m., a homeless 56-year-old man was walking in Shakuji Park when he was stopped by five youths who asked him if he had any money. He said they then hit him with sticks, stole 500 yen from him, and tossed him into the pond.
Police said there had been two other early morning assaults by youths in the same park in a two-week period in December. In both cases, the victims were older men — one in his 60s and the other in his 70s.
Assaults were also reported in December in Ohjima Komatsugawa Park in Tokyo’s Edo Ward. In one case, a homeless man in his 70s told police he was in the public toilet at around 5 a.m. when suddenly four or five youths came in and threw water on him. He said they dragged him around on their bicycles before fleeing.
Police said that the four students who have been arrested all attend the same high school in Nerima Ward. Sankei Shimbun reported that three of the boys belong to a gang called "Gorimacho Gundan" (Macho Gorilla Gang) and that they had been involved in a turf fight with another gang in Suginami Ward on Dec 11.
One of the boys told police that they had been forced to retreat and wanted to take their frustration out on somebody, so they decided to go "oyaji-hunting" (attacking elderly men), Sankei reported. One of the boys was quoted as saying that it was fun to hit old men.© Japan Today