A small truck was overturned and five people were arrested for alleged groping and similar offenses over the Oct. 27-28 weekend, police said, as scores of people clad in Halloween costumes gathered in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo — a hub for the celebrations.
The small truck was besieged by several people, with some riding on its rear deck near JR Shibuya Station around 1 a.m. on Oct. 28. After the driver left the vehicle to alert police, the group overturned the truck, the police said.
Video footage posted on Twitter showed two people standing on the overturned vehicle, dancing and shouting.
“I feel tremendous anger as we’ve had reports of people arrested and damage,” Shibuya Ward Mayor Ken Hasebe said in a statement.
According to the police, five people were arrested on suspicion of groping women or trying to take photos or videos up their skirts in the Shibuya district.
Police officers tasked with crowd control, including those dubbed “DJ police,” called on people to follow traffic signals and walk slowly as many of the Halloween revelers flocked to the famous scramble crossing outside Shibuya Station.
Similar displays of antisocial behavior have become common in Shibuya during Halloween celebrations in recent years. (Kyodo)