Taxi driver arrested for assaulting woman last December
Police have arrested a taxi driver for sexually assaulting a woman in her apartment in Tokyo last December.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Yoshitaka Watanabe, 42, entered the 23-year-old woman’s apartment late at night, NTV reported. The front door was unlocked, according to police. The woman was sleeping at the time. Watanabe woke her up and threatened her with a knife before binding her hands and feet with a vinyl cord and assaulting her, police allege.
Police traced Watanabe through a rental car he used that night. They also found the vinyl cord at his home in Ota Ward, NTV reported. Watanabe has denied the charges, police said.
Ten similar incidents have been reported in neighboring Kawasaki City’s Saiwai Ward since 2006 and police are questioning Watanabe about his involvement in those cases.