A 19-year-old youth who uploaded a series of prank videos on YouTube, including one on Jan 11 in which he inserted a toothpick into a snack food in a supermarket, was arrested in Shiga Prefecture on Sunday morning.
Police in Maibara, acting on a wanted bulletin issued by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, arrested the youth on a Tokaido line train that had arrived from Nagoya at JR Maibara Station at around 7:30 a.m., NTV reported. He was transported to Tokyo on Sunday afternoon.
The youth was placed on a nationwide wanted list on Friday. He is suspected of entering supermarkets where he inserted toothpicks and other foreign objects into snack foods, as well as having engaged in shoplifting -- acts which he had filmed and posted on YouTube.
Police quoted the suspect as saying that he admitted committing the acts, saying his intention had been to "encourage revision of the juvenile act," NTV reported. In one of his YouTube videos, he had boasted that because he was a minor, the police wouldn’t be able to do anything to him.
Police were able to identify the youth after examining a Jan 5 video shot at a convenience store in Musashino, Tokyo, in which he took a bottle of iced tea, drank from it and left the store without paying for it. Then on Jan 14, he posted a "Declaration of Evasion," and subsequently posted additional provocative contents, declaring the police to be "incompetent."
The case came to light after a video was uploaded to YouTube on Jan 11, in which someone is seen stabbing a toothpick into the package of a snack food at a supermarket in Chofu, Tokyo. The video begins with the man’s voice saying “Are you all well? This is ‘prank at the supermarket’ round 2!” He then takes a toothpick and walks up to a display filled with dry goods and snacks. He uses the toothpick to pierce the top of one of the packages, pushes it in and then exits the store without purchasing anything.
That video received more than 500,000 views in three days.
Police investigators determined the videos showing toothpicks being thrust into the food appeared to be acts by the same person, and focused on a youth who had been arrested two years ago for threatening online to commit random murders at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo and JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka.
Police said he will be charged with the crime of forcible obstruction of business.© Japan Today