Police said Monday that a 39-year-old man with a history of mental illness was arrested at a train station in Hashimoto, Wakayama Prefecture, for allegedly attempting to murder a 9-year-old girl by trying to push her off the platform.
According to police, the man, identified as Jiro Shimazaki, attacked the girl at Kii-Yamada Station at around 2 p.m. Sunday, striking her on the head several times before trying to push her onto the tracks. Fuji TV reported that the girl was rescued by a commuter waiting on the platform, while other passengers grabbed Shimazaki.
Police say Shimazaki has a history of mental illness. During questioning, he was quoted by police as saying he was angry and wanted to kill somebody, and that he didn’t care who it was.