A gang of three boys has been arrested for 30 charges of rape and robbery, committed in a three week rampage which saw the gang target countless young women in a series of violent outrages.
The boys formed a gang of 3, led by an unemployed 17-year-old of Colombian extraction, and otherwise including a 14-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, one of whom was a Filipino.
Together they left their homes and began a three week long crime spree spanning the prefectures of Saitama, Shizuoka and Chiba, ultimately being held responsible for some 30 counts of rape and robbery during the period, stealing ¥290,000 of cash
Their meagre cash was spent on food and keeping their stolen car fuelled.
Most of their victims were young women, and some of the victims they assaulted were left with broken bones.
A multi-prefectural police search bloc finally ended their rampage when one was arrested for knocking a 24-year-old lady off her bicycle during a mugging. One member had already been arrested for stealing a bike but was released and later rearrested after committing more severe crimes.
Police report the ringleader was brought to Japan at the age of 8 when his Colombian mother married a Japanese man.
He admits the crimes, apparently fancying himself a latter day Pablo Escobar, only without the drugs, money or success:
“I admired the mafia – we were to keep making trouble as a gang and I was to be their leader.
I wanted to make a mafia together with my subordinates with me in charge, but if we did it at home the police would come soon so we left.”