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Tokyo cops arrest man suspected of jumping on tracks to evade groping accusation

Satoru Fukushima
Satoru Fukushima allegedly groped a woman on the Saikyo Line on Tuesday morning (TV Asahi)

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who fled a train station in Itabashi Ward by jumping on railway tracks after being accused of groping a woman, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 26).

On Tuesday morning, Satoru Fukushima, a resident of Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, allegedly fondled the buttocks of the woman, aged in her 20s, on the JR Saikyo Line. The victim subsequently seized the the suspect’s hand and disembarked with him at Itabashi Station.

Another man tried to suppress the suspect, but he slipped off his coat and jumped off the station platform onto the tracks before hopping a fence on the other side.

Fukushima, who has been charged with violating Tokyo’s public nuisance law regarding groping, denies the charges.

The suspect became a person of interest for police after identification papers found on the platform included his name and address.

Since the middle of March, at least six similar incidents have taken place in the metropolis, including at Ochanomizu and Ikebukuro stations.