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Uzbekistani accused of molesting woman at Ueno Park

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 23-year-old male national of Uzbekistan over the alleged molestation of a woman in Taito Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 9).

At around midnight on Monday, Murodillo o’g’li Rakhimov Sardor, of no known occupation, allegedly attempted to kiss the woman, aged in her 20s, at Ueno Park.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of indecent assault on Tuesday, Murodillo partially denied the allegations, the Ueno Police Station said.

According to police, the woman went drinking with friends at a bar in the area the evening before. However, once the bar closed at 10:00 p.m. due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the group moved to a bench at the park to continue drinking.

Prior to the incident Murodillo, who was drinking in a different group at the park, spotted the woman. “Drinking alcohol outdoors around midnight is dangerous,” the suspect called out to her. “Please be careful not to get into any trouble.”

The incident took place away from the bench. The victim later alerted police by telephone.