Man arrested for sexually assaulting university student in Kanagawa


Police in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting and robbing a 19-year-old university student in her apartment last Month.

According to police, the suspect, Yuta Matsuo, a company employee, has admitted to the charge and also said he had “done the same thing” to several other women in the past few years, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Police said that early on the morning of March 11, the victim left her apartment briefly to take out the garbage, leaving the door unlocked. When she returned a few minutes later and went into the bathroom, she saw a man wearing a bandana come out. She said he told her he would kill her if she touched the bandana.

The intruder then sexually assaulted her, took her cell phone and said if she wanted it back, she should go to the convenience store and withdraw 50,000 yen in cash from an ATM. He went with her and stood outside while she went into the store and withdrew the money. He then fled and the victim called 110.

Police said they identified Masuo from surveillance camera footage outside the apartment and also from DNA left at the scene of the sexual assault.

Police are questioning him about his involvement in several other sexual assaults of women in their late teens and early 20s in the same area over the past seven years.

© Japan Today

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Let’s hope the sentence for this sexual predator matching his horrible crimes. I know that he would be facing 15-20 years in jail where I come from. However, I fear he’ll get 3-5 in Japan for a violent sex offense involving breaking and entering and confinement.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

hopefully the police did not force him to admit other cases involved sexual assaults.

i have no pity for the guy, but japan jurisdiction system is horrible.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

gotta agree with mtuffizi. He is truly guilty on this one and should hang. But forced confession for other similar crimes that he may not have done would only mean that another pervert is running free of being hunted.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites