A 23-year-old man was arrested for assault on Thursday, accused of kicking and punching a train conductor after he was warned for smoking in a non-smoking area on a JR Kawagoe station platform.
Police said Tomoya Hasegawa, a wrecking yard employee and resident of Kawagoe City, got angry at around 11.30 p.m. on March 17 when a male train conductor asked him to smoke in the designated area. He was quoted as telling the conductor: “Don’t give me that, I just lit up.”
He began kicking the conductor when asked again to move to the smoking area. The man then got on the train and got off about 10 minutes later at Matoba station, and assaulted the conductor again, punching him in the face, police said.
Police said Hasegawa went to the station office and told them the conductor had a bad attitude. He left his name and walked off. Hasegawa has admitted to the assault and told police he was drunk at the time.© News reports