Man withdrew money from account of murdered woman, police say

TOKYO —

Police have released further details in the case of 34-year-old Kumi Arai, who was stabbed to death at her Itabashi apartment home in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Arai was discovered by her husband who told police he arrived home at around 10:50 p.m. to find the front door unlocked and his wife dead on the floor, Fuji TV reported. He also reportedly told officers that the apartment cupboards were in disarray when he arrived home, leading police to suspect Arai was stabbed by a man attempting to rob their home.

Police have since discovered that an unidentified man withdrew over 200,000 yen from her bank account using a convenience store ATM near her home in Toshim Ward. The man was caught on the ATM security camera, but had disguised his appearance by wearing a white face mask, glasses, a gray woollen hat, a black sweater and a blue scarf.

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    Disillusioned

    I've often wondered how many people that wear face masks are doing so to hide their identity. I think it's about time ATMs had facial recognition software installed.

    How did this person get her PIN?

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    kimuzukashiiiii

    He probably forced the pin out of the poor woman before stabbing her to death.. horrible way to go...

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    kurisupisu

    If the person's face was disguised how do the police know it was a man?????

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    Seirei Tobimatsu

    If he tortured password out of her, law must condone a thousand cuts to him.

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    cramp

    wearing a white face mask, glasses, a gray woollen hat, a black sweater and a blue scarf.

    lol...i like the detailed reporting, just 'disguise' wasn't enough, they had to describe every clothing article...what about the material and brand?

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    mdepaiva

    Lots of facts missing in this report. The report says the door was unlocked, so I assume no forced entry. Did the woman let her assailant in, or did he let himself in. I bet the PIN for the ATM card was either written on the card or it was co-located with the card.

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    LFRAgain

    "lol...i like the detailed reporting, just 'disguise' wasn't enough, they had to describe every clothing article...what about the material and brand?"

    Usually, this type of information is provided in order to increase the chances that someone reading this article might remember seeing the man and provide the police with more clues to help them apprehend him. Makes perfect sense.

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    WilliB

    So apparently he first made her give him the PIN number, then he went to the bank, and then went back to finish her off? I hope they catch this creep.

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    Gigi la trottola

    Why don't they share the images from the security cameras?

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    nandakandamanda

    Staff at convenience stores should be required to ask people to show their face to the security camera. Someone bundled up like this has to be 100% suspicious. Needs following at the very least!!!

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