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Tokyo: Man, 39, nabbed over alleged assault in Shibuya

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 39-year-old man over the alleged assault of a male pedestrian near JR Shibuya Station on Friday, reports Nippon News Network (Dec. 12)

At just past 3:00 a.m., Tsukasa Watanabe, of no known occupation, allegedly dragged the pedestrian, aged in his 40s, to the ground on a road in the Dogenzaka area and repeatedly kicked him in the face and back.

The man suffered serious injuries, including a broken knee, that will require one month to heal, police said.

“Since I was drunk, I do not recall [the matter],” Watanabe was quoted by police in denying the allegations.

Tsukasa Watanabe (Twitter)

According to police, Watanabe, a resident of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, was not acquainted with the victim.

After the incident, the victim alerted police, saying that he had been attacked by a group of “about 10 street touts.”

An examination of security camera footage showed Watanabe at the scene with several other persons whose whereabouts are sought by police.