Police in Osaka have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly pushed a 63-year-old woman off the platform onto the tracks at a train station in Osaka's Naniwa Ward.
The suspect, Akihiro Hai, was quoted by police as saying he pushed the woman but didn't intend to kill her. However, he has denied pushing the student and said he never even touched her.
Police said that Hai has a mental disability and that he will be examined to to determine if he is responsible for his actions.
The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Sunday at JR Shin-Imamiya Station. Fuji TV reported that the woman said she was waiting for the JR Kansai Line train when a man behind her suddenly pushed her back and she tumbled onto the tracks. An oncoming train managed to stop two meters from where the woman was and she was uninjured, police said.
Police said that shortly before the incident, a female high school student, five meters away, on the same platform was shoved in the back by a man. The girl, however, managed to regain her balance.
Following the second incident, the male suspect moved to another platform and managed to flee the scene by getting on a train. Images from a security camera show the man wearing a dark blue training outfit. He appeared to be in his 20s and of medium build.
Police said the man was reported missing by his family in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. He was taken into custody late Sunday night in Aichi Prefecture after failing to pay his bill at an Internet cafe.
Hai's mother told reporters that her son had stopped taking his medication and she had asked police to look for him after he left home.© Japan Today