Police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a 72-year-old man who scolded him for using his smartphone while walking.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 12:20 a.m. Friday near JR Ueno Station in Tokyo's Taito Ward. The suspect was identified as Masaaki Sakatsugi, a resident of Fuchu City, Fuji TV reported.
Sakatsugi was quoted by police as saying he got upset when the 72-year-old man told him to stop using his smartphone while walking. Sakatsugi struck the elderly man’s face, causing him to fall down. Police said the victim suffered an external head injury, causing a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He remained in a critical condition on Saturday.
Police said Sakatsugi has admitted hitting the man and said he was walking toward a station to go home after a few drinks when he almost ran into the man. He said the elderly man got angry and he lost his temper and struck him once in the face.
A passerby notified police at a nearby koban. Sakatsugi initially left the scene but returned when he saw an ambulance arrive.© Japan Today