A 21-year-old man claiming to be an eyewitness to a bag snatching incident has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault in Osaka.
According to police, Tatsuya Hirata, a self-professed construction worker, allegedly kicked a 71-year-old woman down the stairs at Tennoji Station along the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line at around 9:40 p.m. on May 22, Sankei Shimbun reported. Before the victim tumbled down, Hirata managed to snatch her handbag.
Police said the woman is in a serious condition after suffering a broken pelvis.
About an hour after the incident, Hirata visited a koban (police box) and claimed to have witnessed a crime. At the time, he was carrying the victim’s bag, which made police suspicious. After being questioned by officers, he confessed to kicking the woman and snatching her bag.
Police quoted Hirata as saying he wanted money.© Japan Today