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French tourist does ‘not recall’ punching woman in Roppongi

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male French national for allegedly punching a woman in Minato Ward last week, reports Fuji News Network (April 19)

At around 5:40 p.m. on April 17, Charlie Evan, 23, allegedly used his right fist to punch the Japanese woman, aged in her 20s, in the face at a crossing in the Roppongi entertainment district and fleeing the scene.

According to the Azabu Police Station, the woman suffered injuries to her face that will require three weeks to heal.

Evan arrived in Japan as a tourist. At the time of the incident, he was staying at a hotel in the ward.

Footage posted on social media shows a man punching a woman in Roppongi and fleeing the scene (Twitter)

After examining security camera footage, police located Evan at the hotel on the night of April 18. “[This is] unbelievable,” Evan said during voluntary questioning.

Upon his subsequent arrest on suspicion of inflicting bodily harm, Evan denied the allegations. “Since I do not recall [the matter], I do not know [anything about it],” the suspect was quoted by police.

According to police, the incident took place after Evan accidentally bumped into the woman, causing her to drop a bento boxed meal brought from a convenience store. “I want you to pay for that,” she reportedly demanded.

After Evan attempted to flee, the woman pursued him. During the chase, he allegedly punched her.