Two men arrested on charges of attempted rape are believed to have met specifically to harass women and plotted their attack against a 20-year-old university student.
The assailants, age 35 and 37, attacked the woman last October 2009 after sneaking into her home in Yokohama, threatening to kill her if she cried for help. Police believe the pair were looking for a victim, having met with the goal of conspiring to commit sexual assault. The crime came to light after one of the men was arrested in September for a different crime, and hinted at the 2009 incident. Both men admit to the charges, and authorities are investigating the possibility that they have committed a number of other similar crimes together.
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