TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday the arrest of a fireman from the Komae Fire Station for assault and property damage after he opened three fire extinguishers inside a hostess club in the Kabukicho entertainment district of Shinjuku Ward, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Dec. 23).
Shota Mizuno, 28, and three others entered the basement club on the evening of December 21. When it came time to pay the bill, at around 1:30 a.m., an insufficient amount was offered and a dispute erupted. Mizuno then allegedly opened three fire extinguishers and sprayed white retardant powder at the entrance to the premises.
When a staff member in his 20s attempted to stop Mizuno, the suspect hit him in the head. According to police, Mizuno was highly intoxicated.
“I was under the influence of alcohol and do not remember a thing,” the suspect is quoted by police. “If the allegations are indeed true, I am deeply sorry.”
The public relations chief at the Tokyo Fire and Disaster Management Agency, Tatsuya Yuasa, said that the arrest of a staff member is indeed regrettable. “Once the facts are confirmed, this will be dealt with in a strict manner.”