Police arrested a vocational college student early Sunday after he turned himself in for assaulting a railway passenger at a Tokyo train station Saturday afternoon. The passenger later lost consciousness and died.
Yoshiyuki Miyazono, 24, of Tokyo’s Nerima Ward is suspected of hitting Takeshi Sudo, 26, in the neck on the platform of Seibu Yuenchi Station on the Seibu-Yamaguchi line in Higashi-Murayama, western Tokyo, at around 4:40 p.m. Saturday. Miyazono allegedly fled the scene after the attack, police said.
Sudo, a company employee from Yokohama’s Izumi Ward, died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage in a hospital at around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police said they intend to change the charge against Miyazono from assault to inflicting injury resulting in death.
Miyazono, accompanied by his father, turned himself in at Sayama Police Station, Saitama Prefecture, around 11:50 p.m. Saturday. He told police the fight resulted from a quarrel about moving back in the crowded train, the police said.
“I went home and found on the TV news that the company employee had lost consciousness. I was surprised and came to surrender,” police quoted Miyazono as saying. “(Sudo) and I made eye contact. I chased him and when he turned I hit and kicked him,” he said.
The police also quoted Miyazono as saying he became angry because he thought Sudo was telling him to “move back more.”
According to witnesses, there was another man who was with Miyazono at the time of the assault. Police said they are questioning the other man but believe he did not attack Sudo.
Sudo and a friend boarded the train at Seibu Kyujomae Station after watching a baseball game at the nearby Seibu Dome. Sudo had asked other passengers in the train to move back a little because the car was crowded.
In late April, a similar incident occurred when banker Akira Maki, then 43, died after a group of teens attacked him on the platform of Sangenjaya Station on Tokyu Corp.’s Denentoshi Line in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward.
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