TOKYO -- Police said Thursday they nabbed the notorious 'skirt-slashing devil,' a 22-year-old dishwasher with a penchant for slashing women's skirts with a razor on Tokyo subways and saving the pieces as souvenirs.
Shintaro Ogawa, who washes dishes in a Chinese restaurant, told police he slit the skirts of at least 20 women in their 20s and 30s.
None of the women were harmed physically and apparently none knew the rear of their skirts had been slit in long slashes until they exited from the packed rush-hour trains, police said.
'I'd get on a crowded train every morning and get mad at the people,' Ogawa was quoted in the mass-circulation Yomiuri newspaper Thursday after his arrest Wednesday. 'I'd cut the women's skirts as a diversion.'
Ogawa told police he would cut small pieces from the women's garments and keep them in his wallet as souvenirs.
Police had been searching for the slasher since late last month. Ogawa was arrested after he was spotted on a subway train by a former victim who identified him to a plainclothes police officer.