suspected in a series of attacks on gay men in Tokyo
have been arrested, Agence France-Presse reports. The
teenagers--three high school boys and one
unemployed youth--believed that gay men were
wealthy and were unlikely to report the crimes to
authorities, a police spokesman told AFP.
allegedly injured a 34-year-old gay man earlier this month
in Yumenoshima, a reclaimed waterfront area known as a
gay hangout, robbing him of $180. "The suspects also
punched and kicked a 56-year-old gay man on the same
day near the site," the spokesman said, adding that
police were investigating similar crimes reported near the
One of the
suspects was quoted by the spokesman as saying, "We
thought gays were unlikely to report things to the police
even if they fall victim."