A youth who has uploaded a series of prank videos on YouTube, including one on Jan 11 in which he inserted a toothpick into a snack package in a supermarket, has been identified by police.
Police on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the 19-year-old suspect, who lives in Mitaka in Tokyo.
NTV reported that police were able to identify him after examining a 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.
On Wednesday, he posted a video saying he had better go on the run, and then on Thursday night, the suspect uploaded a video in which he said into the camera: "OK everyone, so here I am at Narita Airport."
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 has received more than 500,000 views so far.
The store was forced to pull many products from the shelves, and inform customers to be wary of a toothpick that may have been placed into the snack food, NTV reported Wednesday.
Police discovered that the same YouTube user had uploaded another prank video on Jan 4, in which he committed a similar act at a separate supermarket.
The various stores say they have had to warn their customers and dispose of large quantities of goods.
Police say the suspect has a record of offenses going back to 2013 when he uploaded a video on YouTube in which he said he was going to kill someone outside JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka.
In other videos, he boasted that because he was a minor, the police wouldn't be able to do anything to him.© Japan Today