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4 men arrested for allegedly overturning truck during Halloween event

Four men in their 20s were arrested Wednesday for allegedly overturning a small truck during a Halloween event in the busy Shibuya district of Tokyo, police said.

No one was injured in the incident that happened in the early hours of Oct. 28. But it was seen as one of a series of escalating pranks as the Halloween event in Shibuya has become more popular, including among foreign visitors.

The four — Yuta Kuroki, 27, Takaaki Kawamura, 22, Shota Kojihara, 20, and Rikuo Kokubun, 20, — have admitted to the charge of property destruction. They told the police that they did not know each other prior to the incident.

[Photo courtesy of Yu Yuki, head of Yu mental clinic]

The police believe a total of 15 people, including French and Belgium nationals, were involved in overturning the truck. They said the four arrested were particularly malicious as they were seen standing on the vehicle and damaging it.

The police plan to refer to prosecutors the remaining 11 people.

At around 1 a.m. on Oct. 28, the four men allegedly flipped the truck as crowds in costumes gathered around JR Shibuya Station in central Tokyo. The driver had left the vehicle to alert police.

The men were identified through security camera footage and images captured by people nearby, the police said.

Concerns are growing over the raucousness of the Halloween street party that is joined by many people clad in costumes, along with the massive amount of litter that is left after the event.

A total of 19 people were arrested between the night of Oct. 27 and the morning of Nov. 1 over alleged groping and theft offenses, according to the Shibuya police station.


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All — Kyodo News+

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