A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting and robbing a woman as she walked along a street in Nishi-Arai in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, police said Monday.
According to police, the suspect, Jun Takemoto, approached the 20-year-old woman from behind as she walked home at around 12:40 a.m. on Jan 12. Fuji TV reported that Takemoto allegedly kicked the woman to the ground and stole a shopping bag containing 3,000 yen worth of chocolates and other items.
Police said Takemoto was identified through street surveillance camera footage.
Takemoto was quoted by police as saying that he had quarreled with his wife the day before and that he was in an irritable mood. He admitted kicking the woman down but denied stealing anything.
Police are questioning Takemoto about three similar assaults in the same area since last summer in which a man came up behind women, put them in a headlock and stole their bags.© Japan Today