The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has revealed that a Vietnamese man in his 30s was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of assault on Sunday, before confirming his identity with the victim and an eyewitness.
According to the MPD, police received a call at around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, in which the caller stated that a foreigner was being rough with his friend who had admonished him for being loud on a street in Nishi-Ikebukuro in Toshima Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Two police officers went to the scene and arrested a Vietnamese man nearby at around 9:10 p.m., based on a general description given to them by the victim and his friend. The Vietnamese man denied any involvement in the incident.
At the police station, the caller and his friend, both in their 50s, were asked to confirm if the Vietnamese man was the person in question. However, they said it was not the same person. The Vietnamese man was released around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday.
According to the MPD, officers at the scene failed to get a proper description of the suspect from the victim or the witness. Moreover, they did not take the time to check footage from security cameras in the vicinity.
Takahito Matsushima, the General Affairs Division’s department chief, said in a statement: “We hope to thoroughly instruct and educate our officers to prevent a reoccurrence of such an incident.”© Japan Today