Kanagawa prefectural police said Sunday they have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of confining a woman in his apartment in Sagamihara, after he allegedly took her from a train while she was sleeping.
The suspect, Yoshifumi Kurita, a temp worker, is also being questioned about four other similar incidents since last September, Fuji TV reported.
According to police, the 28-year-old woman, who lives in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, boarded a train early in the morning of June 4 at JR Shinjuku Station and was on her way home when she fell asleep. She told police she had been drinking a lot beforehand. She said that when she woke up, it was the morning of June 5 and she was lying on a futon in a strange apartment with Kurita.
The woman said she managed to escape when Kurita let down his guard, and ran to a nearby convenience store from where she called police.
Kurita, who was arrested on Saturday, has so far remained silent on how he managed to get the woman off the train and to his home.
Police said street surveillance camera footage near Kurita's apartment showed him walking and holding up a woman who looked dizzy, on the morning of June 4.
In the other four reported cases, the women said they, too, had been drinking and fallen asleep on trains, and when they awoke, they were in a stranger's home. Police believe Kurita may have been riding trains, specifically looking for women who had passed out due to drinking too much.© Japan Today