Police said Friday they have arrested an unemployed 48-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting three male high school students in separate incidents Tuesday in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward.
According to police, the first incident occurred at around noon. Fuji TV reported that a 17-year-old student was hit by a man with a shopping basket at a convenience store in the ward's Funabashi district. The student's shoulder bumped into the man and he apologized, but the man swung his basket at the boy's his left cheek and then fled from the store.
About 30 minutes later, two other students reported being hit by a man near the convenience store.
The man in both cases was described as being in his 50s, about 160 centimeters tall, and he was wearing a gray knit cap.
On Thursday night, an employee at the convenience store contacted police to report that a man resembling the assailant was back in the store.
Police rushed to the store and took the man, identified as Katsumi Ono, into custody. Police said Ono has admitted to assaulting the students.© Japan Today