Police on Thursday arrested a 39-year-old Japan Post employee and a 53-year-old part-time office worker for allegedly groping a 22-year-old woman in a train car on the Saikyo Line around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim told police two other men groped her and fled before she could spot them.
Hiroyoshi Hoshino, who works in the legal department of Japan Post, and Yasuhiro Adachi, a part-time worker, were detained by the victim and other passengers after they allegedly groped her in the commuter train for 18 minutes between Akabane and Musashi-Urawa stations.
The victim told police that a man started groping her first and three other men suddenly surrounded her, even though the train was not overly crowded. The woman yelled out and grabbed one of the men, while some passengers helped detain the second man. The two other suspects fled.
Hoshino was quoted by police as saying, “Adachi started groping her first. I thought it was also OK for me to do so.”
Police said Hoshino admits to the allegation while Adachi denies it. Police believe they contacted each other on an Internet site about groping because the two suspects say they had never met before.© Wire reports