Police identify man suspected in Tokyo subway acid attack
Written by tokyoclub on August 28, 2021
Police put a 25-year-old man on a nationwide wanted list Friday in connection with an acid attack at a Tokyo subway station that left two people injured earlier this week.
Tokyo police obtained an arrest warrant for Hirotaka Hanamori on suspicion of throwing what is believed to be sulfuric acid at a 22-year-old man at Tokyo Metro Co.’s Shirokane Takanawa Station in the capital’s Minato Ward on Tuesday night.
The man sustained serious injuries to his face and eyes, which will require roughly six months to heal, while a woman suffered burns on her legs, according to the police.
Hanamori, who is from the city of Shizuoka, allegedly threw the acid at the man as he overtook him at an elevator shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. The woman received burns after slipping on the liquid on the floor and falling into it, police have said.
Hanamori fled the station after the attack.