Knife-wielding man holds woman hostage for 2 hours on Osaka street
A man with a knife attacked a woman on a street in Osaka on Tuesday night and held her hostage for two hours before surrendering.
According to police, the 42-year-old woman, who was walking along with her bicycle, was approached by a man on the sidewalk of a street in Abeno Ward at about 9 p.m. Fuji TV reported that the man, identified later as 65-year-old Norio Fujishiro, grabbed her by the throat and threatened her with a knife. He repeatedly yelled out for the media to come.
The incident ended at 11 p.m. when the man surrendered to police. The woman received a slight cut to her left hand, police said.
Police questioned Fujishiro on Wednesday but he has so far provided no motive for the attack, Fuji TV reported. The woman told police she had never seen him before.