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Tokyo cops: Man attempted to strip woman, 32, of underwear in park

Rio Arai
Rio Arai has been accused of attempting to strip a woman of her underwear in a park in Edogawa Ward last year
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male temporary worker for allegedly attempting to strip a woman of her underwear in a park in Edogawa Ward last year, reports TBS News (Mar. 23).

On September 14 at aroud 12:40 a.m., Rio Arai, 35, allegedly approached the woman, 32, from behind and embraced her as she commuted home through the park. “Give me your underwear,” he demanded before pushing the victim down and attempting to strip her of the undergarment. However, he fled the scene empty-handed after she started to scream.

Arai has been charged with attempted robbery. “I wanted to touch the body of a woman who turned men on,” the suspect is quoted by the Komatsugawa Police Station. “But I don’t remember trying to steal her underwear.”

Arai emerged as a person of interest after police examined security camera footage taken at a nearby railway station.