Police in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, said Tuesday they have arrested an unemployed 30-year-old man on suspicion of throwing sulfuric acid at women on five occasions.
The arrest came after police released surveillance camera footage of the suspect. Nine people called police, saying they knew the suspect.
Police identified the man as Noriaki Kitamura, a resident of Takasaki. He has denied the charge, police said.
Kitamura is suspected of throwing acid at the women's legs on four occasions last Thursday -- twice at a shop on the second floor of the JR Takasaki Station building and later at a shopping center four kilometers away.
The fifth incident occurred at 6 p.m. Monday night at a convenience store at Takasaki Station. Fuji TV reported that a man threw acid on the leg of a 34-year-old woman who was shopping.
All five women suffered burns to their legs, police said.
Police identified the liquid as sulfuric acid from remnants left at the scene.
Police believe Kitamura was responsible for all the attacks. The surveillance camera footage of the first attack released by police shows a man resembling Kitamura walking up behind the victim.© Japan Today