AICHI (TR) – Aichi Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old male university student who admits to cutting the hair of women inside train cars in order to sell the locks online, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 5).
Between 7:40 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. on Monday, Akiya Yoshida allegedly used scissors to cut a handful of hair from the back of the head of a 40-year-old woman, a part-time worker from Inazawa City, inside a crowded carriage of Meitetsu’s Nagoya Main Line as it traveled between Konomiya and Nagoya stations.
The victim, who is not acquainted with the suspect, was not hurt in the incident.
Yoshida has admitted to committing similar crimes, which have also included the cutting of women’s skirts, on around 30 occasions beginning in May of 2013. “I did it to sell on online auction sites,” the suspect is quoted by the Nakamura Police Station.
In the incident on Monday, the suspect approached the woman from behind and removed the clump of hair, which measured around 35 centimeters in length.
Yoshida was subsequently apprehended after a railroad staff member observed him behaving suspiciously, according to Jiji Press (Dec. 5).