Japanese “Fan” Stalks Pop Star Using Reflections From Her Eyes In Selfies

  • Times like these one is reminded that "fan" is short for "fanatic".
Photo by Daniil Kuželev on Unsplash
Photo by Daniil Kuželev on Unsplash

 

There’re many ways to find someone, but to figure out where they live by their photos? That takes skill…


When 26-year-old Hibiki Sato was arrested for attacking a 20-year-old pop star (who’s name hasn’t been released at this time), he was asked how he found her home. His answer? The reflection in her eyes in one of her photos online.

How It Started

The Tokyo police declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation but confirmed on the 11th that Sato was arrested on Sept. 17th on suspicion of indecent behavior, including stalking and causing injuries to the woman. The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the case was related to reports about a stalker and pupil images. Sato was described as an “Avid Fan” by the police.

Avid Fan

Public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported that the woman’s selfies were used to identify the train station she frequented. Sato looked at the other images she shared, such as ones in her apartment, to figure out exactly where she lived. The police say that he hurt her and committed indecent acts, such as groping her after coming up behind her and knocking her down.

His Story

Sato said that he was a huge fan of the woman. He told investigators that he found her by analyzing the reflections in her eyes in photos. He recognized a train station and found it on Google. Sato waited for her there. He then followed her home, where he attacked her. He said that he observed how the curtains were positioned. How the light came through her windows helped make sure it was the right place.

Beware Of Your Fans!

Tokyo’s new sites warn readers that even casual selfies may show surrounding buildings. They will allow people to identify the location of the photos. They also say that you shouldn’t make the V-sign with your hand, which is common in Japanese photos. It’s possible to steal your fingerprints from a photo.

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