Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested six junior high school boys on charges of assault and theft, in relation to an attack that took place in a park in Osaka City’s Ikuno Ward before dawn on Oct 6.
As a prank, the group of boys created a profile for an online dating app, pretending to be a high school girl. Since the app allows for voice chat between users, to deepen the ruse one of the boys, who’s in his second year of middle school (and thus 12 or 13 years old), did the speaking duties, since puberty hasn’t caused his voice to change yet, and he could still approximate the high pitch of a schoolgirl.
Using the app, the group managed to lure a 20-year-old male college student to the park, offering to have sex with him in exchange for money. However, when he arrived, the group of boys (minus the one who’d been playing the role of the schoolgirl in their voice chats), assaulted the man, kicking and pounding on him and breaking his nose before stealing the 900 yen he had on him.
It’s unclear whether the man reported the incident or not. However, on Oct 9 four of the boys once again were lying in wait to ambush another target they’d found via the dating app. However, when their mark didn’t show, the boys decided to cut their losses and just beat up some random 55-year-old man who happened to be in the park at that time.
The subsequent investigation of that assault led to the police tracking one of the boys down, who then spilled the beans on their previous bout of recreational violence. During questioning about the Oct 6 attack, the boys told the police “It was fun making fun of him and beating him up.”
Source: Mainichi Shimbun via Jin
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