Police in Saitama Prefecture said Saturday they are questioning a 44-year-old man over an incident on Sept 8 in which a visually-impaired high school girl was kicked in the leg from behind near JR Kawagoe Station.
Police said the man, who has not been named, had agreed to be questioned on a voluntary basis after he was identified through witness accounts and street surveillance camera footage, TBS reported.
Police were quoted as saying the man is an outpatient at an institution for mentally disabled people in Saitama Prefecture and does light work there.
Police said the man has been non-committal in his answers to their questions about the incident. Police said he will be examined to determine if he is mentally responsible for his actions.
The incident took place just before 8 a.m. last Monday. The high school girl told police she had exited JR Kawagoe Station and was walking on the yellow Braille blocks toward the bus stop to catch a bus to Hanawa Hokiichi Gakuen, a school for the blind and visually impaired. She said that someone in front of her hit her white walking stick. She said the person then kicked her right leg from behind, knocking her to the ground.© Japan Today