A 31-year-old man was arrested for assault on Tuesday, accused of attacking two women with his umbrella in Shinjuku Ward last week. The man, who lost his job at a bookbinding company last October, was quoted by police as saying: “I was frustrated after not being able to find another job,” and “I got angry with one of the women when I thought she told me not to drip water everywhere with my umbrella.”
Police said Hiroshi Tonimura, unemployed and of no fixed address, is accused of hitting a woman on her shoulder with his clear plastic umbrella on July 6 while in a FamilyMart convenience store in Shinjuku, before assaulting a second woman at a pedestrian crossing some 300 meters away. In both cases, it appears Tonimura took issue with perceived criticism of his umbrella etiquette.
The woman in the first incident was not injured, but the second woman suffered injuries expected to take several weeks to heal. Tonimura is accused of hitting the second woman in her face with his umbrella, pulling her to the ground by her hair and then hitting her face with his hand before stepping on her fingers and running off.
Tonimura was recorded by security cameras in the convenience store and in the vicinity, and was arrested after being spotted at a Hello Work employment office.© News reports