Crime & Justice

Japanese police arrests Tokyo metro acid attack suspect

Tokyo, Aug 28 (EFE).- The Japanese police on Saturday arrested the alleged perpetrator of an acid attack in Tokyo metro that had injured two people on Tuesday, the same day when the Paralympic Games kicked off in the city.

Hirotaka Hanamori, aged 25 and believed to be the man who carried out the attack, was arrested in Okinawa, the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, local media reported.

A 22-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman had suffered burns due to the liquid, which the police suspect to have been sulfuric acid, that the accused used in the attack at the Shirokane Takanawa station in Tokyo’s central residential district.

The man was directly attacked with the acid and suffered serious burns on the face and a shoulder.

According to the police, the suspect knew the man and was apparently captured by the security cameras installed near the victim’s office in Tokyo on the day of the incident.

The accused, caught in CCTV footage dressed in black and wearing a cap and mask, fled from the scene of the attack and returned to his house in the central city of Shizuoka on the same night.

The police traced his steps after locating him on the security cameras of Shizuoka’s railway station on Wednesday evening, until he was nabbed in southern Japan.

The female victim suffered light burns in her legs after slipping and falling on the liquid that had spread on the floor.

The attack took place around 9 pm on Tuesday close to the elevator inside the station, at the same time when the inauguration ceremony of the Paralympic Games was going on at the Olympic stadium amid strong security measures across the city. EFE


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