A 34-year-old woman has been arrested after spraying a mace-like substance on passengers aboard a bus in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night. According to police, the woman, who has been identified as office worker Kinue Noguchi, was talking on her cell phone on the bus when some other passengers pointed out to her that it was impolite to be talking on the phone. She then allegedly pulled the spray out of her bag and sprayed it at the eyes and throats of three passengers.
Following the incident, the woman got off the bus and fled. The police were called and began searching for the woman. On Tuesday, police received a report from bus passengers that a woman fitting Noguchi's description had been spotted waiting at a bus stop in Funabashi. They rushed to the scene and arrested Noguchi on suspicion of assault.
During questioning, she initially denied the charges, but later was quoted by police as saying: "Yes, I did it. Those passengers were rude too."© Compiled from news reports