Police on Saturday night arrested a 47-year-old man after he holed up in a 14th-floor apartment in Tokyo's Shibuya district for eight hours, throwing objects from the balcony and pointing what appeared to be a gun.
According to police, the siege started at around 1 p.m. TBS reported that the suspect, identified as Hiroshige Ito, started throwing things from the balcony and yelling at people below. He threw a bag of golf clubs and a printer as well as potted plants. He also pointed what were later identified as four model guns at passersby below.
The siege ended at around 9 p.m. after two police officers rappelled down to the balcony from the building roof and subdued Ito.
Police said Sunday that Ito has been rambling and that he doesn't remember anything, as he had been drinking heavily Saturday afternoon, TBS reported. One of Ito's friends told media that he had been acting strangely since he lost his job and had been muttering that his enemies were closing in.
Ito was a former employee of a private detective agency with an office in the building next door. He had rented the apartment from this month.
The building is about 700 meters from Shibuya Station.© Japan Today