Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assault and robbery after he beat up a taxi driver and refused to pay the fare last December.
According to police, Miyabi Shibuya, a company employee from Kawasaki City, has denied the charge and claims not to remember the incident at all.
Police said the incident occurred at around 12:10 a.m. on Dec 29, 2019 in Kawasaki’s Saiwai Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. At the time, Shibuya was intoxicated and sleeping in the taxi when it arrived at his apartment. When the 72-year-old male driver woke him up, Shibuya got out without paying the 2,180 yen fare.
The driver followed Shibuya and asked him to pay the fare, at which point, Shibuya allegedly beat him about the head with his bag. The victim sustained head injuries that required a full week of recovery.© Japan Today