Police in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a 23-year-old woman after he allegedly grabbed and fondled her as she walked home.
According to police, Tomoyasu Koike, a construction worker, came up behind the woman, who works as a beautician, as she walked home at around 8 p.m. on July 12, Fuji TV reported. The woman told police the man put one hand over her mouth and then groped her breasts, before running away.
Police said Koike, who was identified through street surveillance camera footage and descriptions given by witnesses and the woman, has remained silent on the charge.
Meanwhile, local media reported that several similar incidents have been reported in the area over the past three years and that police are questioning Koike about his involvement in those cases.© Japan Today