Police said Saturday that several members of a gang of youths arrested over an attempted robbery in Osaka may be responsible for beating to death a homeless man last month and attacking other homeless men in the area.
According to police, six youths were arrested Thursday for attempted robbery and assault, Fuji TV reported. They are now being questioned over the attacks on several homeless men in the area near Osaka Station.
On Oct 14, Kuniharu Tomimatsu, 67, was found lying in a cardboard box on a sidewalk near Osaka Station. Police said he had been beaten to death. He had also been assaulted the day before but refused to go to a hospital. Police believe the same gang came back and attacked him again the next morning.
Police said a group of attackers carried out at least four assaults on men around Osaka Station in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings in October. The victims, aged between 40 and 90 years old, were all homeless men who were asleep when the attacks commenced.
According to police, some of the six youths under arrest resemble suspects in the assaults, captured on security camera footage.