A specialized stalker investigative squad set up by the Tokyo metropolitan police department earlier this month has made its first arrest.
Police said Monday that a 25-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on stalking charges after he broke into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend in Tokyo's Ota Ward on Dec 13.
NTV quoted police as saying that the suspect, identified as Ryo Yamashita, used a duplicate key to enter the apartment of his former girlfriend at around 1 a.m. on Dec 13. He waited for the woman to return home and then spent several hours trying to convince her to get back together with him, police said.
After he left, the woman filed a complaint with police who arrested Yamashita last week.
The newly formed squad has 80 specialists, who handle everything from danger assessment, warning the stalkers and arresting them if they do not comply, as well as helping victims relocate, if they so request, and taking protective measures.© Japan Today