Utsunomiya police arrest suspected serial molester
tokyoreporter.com -- Jul 17
Tochigi Prefectural Police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspect in the molestation of multiple women in Utsunomiya City, reports TBS News.

At around 8:00 p.m. on July 12, Tomoyasu Koike, a construction worker, allegedly grabbed a 23-year-old female beauty stylist from behind as she commuted home in the Motoimaizumi area. He then allegedly covered her mouth while fondling her chest.

Koike, who has been charged with indecent assault, has declined to comment on the allegations, according to the Utsunomiya Higashi Police Station.

The suspect became a person of interest after police drew up a portrait based on accounts of eyewitnesses and the victim.

Police are investigating whether Koike was also behind a number of similar incidents that have taken place in the same general area since 2014.

美容師女性にわいせつ行為容疑、とび職の男を逮捕 美容師の女性にわいせつな行為をしたとして、とび職の男が逮捕されました。  逮捕されたのは、宇都宮市のとび職・小池友康容疑者(28)で、今月12日夜、宇都宮市・元今泉の路上で、帰宅途中だった美容師の女性(23)の背後から抱きつき口をふさいだうえ、胸を触るなどわいせつな行為をした疑いが持たれています。警察は、小池容疑者の認否について明らかにしていません。
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