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“I thought they wouldn’t notice because they can’t see.” Tokyo man re-arrested over allegedly secretly filming visually impaired women

A man was served with a fresh arrest warrant on June 10 on suspicion of secretly filming visually impaired women in their houses in the capital, police said.

From The Mainichi

Content has been altered to withhold the suspect’s name

June 11 2020

TOKYO A man was served with a fresh arrest warrant on June 10 on suspicion of secretly filming visually impaired women in their houses in the capital, police said.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Nakano Police Station, the suspect, aged, 36, a company employee who lives in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward, stands accused of violating the capital’s public nuisance ordinance, and breaking and entering.

The suspect allegedly trailed women who were using white canes for the visually impaired and located their houses. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations, saying, “I thought they wouldn’t notice because they can’t see.”

Police suspect that he trespassed in an apartment in Nakano Ward where a woman in her 30s lived four times between October 2017 and June 2018.

The suspect also allegedly took pictures of the inside of an apartment in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward where a woman in her 20s lived through the peephole of the entrance door using a smartphone and other devices from April to June 2019. According to police, both women were visually impaired and lived alone.

In the case in Nakano Ward, the suspect previously made a spare key from one that the woman left in the keyhole. He apparently installed several cameras in the room and took videos.

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