Man arrested for cutting off woman’s finger

Police received a call on Wednesday morning from a man who said he had cut off a woman’s finger at a ballet studio in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward.

Police officers found a 24-year-old female instructor lying on the floor with her right thumb cut off from the knuckle. They arrested the man at the scene after he admitted to cutting it off with a tool.

The woman told police that she lost consciousness after being strangled. She said when she recovered consciousness her finger had been cut off.

The Metropolitan Police Department says it has identified the man as Hiroaki Hashimoto. He told officers he was angry with the instructor because he wasn’t allowed to participate in the lesson.

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