18-year-old boy arrested over murder of woman in Kichijoji
Police on Sunday arrested an 18-year-old Japanese boy on suspicion of murdering a 22-year-old woman near JR Kichijoji Station in Musashino, Tokyo, last Thursday morning.
The boy had been wanted for questioning after being implicated by a 17-year-old Romanian boy already under arrest for the crime.
Fuji TV reported that the 18-year-old boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, turned himself in at a police station in Hino at about 11 p.m. on Saturday. He was accompanied by a number of friends, police said.
Police quoted him as saying that he and his Romanian acquaintance killed the woman because they wanted money.
The victim, Arisa Yamada, had moved to Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture only recently to become a beautician. She was working nights at a restaurant to pay for her college tuition. She was attacked about 500 meters from JR Kichijoji Station just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. She had just left a convenience store and was on her way home from work. Witnesses say they saw two young men follow her from the convenience store.
Police said that Yamada was stabbed twice in the back and her left wrist was also cut. She was taken to hospital, but died due to loss of blood. Her handbag was found empty about 200 meters away.
The Romanian boy was detained at about 5 a.m. Thursday and formally charged with robbery and murder on Friday after a DNA test showed that blood found on one of his gloves matched Yamada’s. When asked about his acquaintance, the boy told officers that the pair were not close friends and that he didn’t know his surname.
Police said Sunday that the 18-year-old suspect has no fixed address or family. He had been staying with a female friend in Hino. Police said they found Yamada’s purse and bank book at that apartment.
The suspect was quoted by police as saying that he and the Romanian ran off in opposite directions after the attack and that he threw the knife away at a nearby parking lot, Fuji reported.