Police in Yashio, Saitama Prefecture, are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted two elementary school boys on Tuesday as they returned home from school.
According to police, the man approached a first-grade boy in the street at around 4 p.m. and said "I'm going to kill you," before squeezing his neck with both hands, TBS reported. Police say the man immediately released the boy and ran away.
A second incident was reported around 15 minutes later at a location 400 meters away, in which a third-grader was approached by a man of the same description. The man reportedly asked the boy where he lived, before grabbing his throat with both hands. The boy told officers he warded the man off with an umbrella and fled the scene, according to TBS.
Police say a search is underway for the boys' assailant, who was described as young and wearing a white T-shirt.© Japan Today