Police in Higashi-Osaka said Tuesday they have arrested a 26-year-old man for spitting coffee on a woman on Oct 27.
Police said the suspect, identified as Koichi Arima, has admitted to the charge, Fuji TV reported. Police said Arima is also being questioned about his involvement in 11 similar cases since Oct 20 in which a man on a bicycle rode up behind women pedestrians and either spat liquid on them or threw coffee, juice or tea from a container at them. All the women were aged between 19 and 35, police said.
All the incidents occurred within two kilometers of tracks between Kawachieiwa and Yaenosato stations on the Kintetsu Nara line between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., police said.
In the Oct 27 incident, for which Arima has initially been charged, a 26-year-old woman was walking home at 10:55 p.m. when a man on a bike spat coffee on the back of her head and then rode away. The woman was not injured.
Police said they identified Arima from street surveillance camera footage.
Arima was quoted by police as saying he works as a construction industry assistant and was really annoyed by his female superior at work.© Japan Today