Police on Saturday arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old woman in her apartment in Tokyo’s Itabashi on Nov 21.
Police said the suspect, identified as Genki Matsuo, lives only 700 meters away from the apartment where Kumi Arai was murdered. He has been charged with theft for withdrawing 250,000 yen from Arai’s bank account using a convenience store ATM.
Matsuo, who has been unemployed since quitting his job at a karaoke parlor in October, has denied the charge and has refused to talk about Arai’s murder, Fuji TV quoted police as saying.
Arai was stabbed to death between 3 and 4 p.m. at her apartment near Narimasu Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. She died from at least 10 stab wounds to her chest and back. Her body was discovered by her husband later that afternoon. Her wallet and cell phone were stolen.
According to police, Matsuo closely matched the description of a man in a suit who was filmed by an apartment security camera pressing the intercom button at Arai’s apartment at 3 p.m. The same man was seen at around 4:30 p.m. at a clothing store near Ikebukuro Station where he purchased a change of clothes. Shortly before 5 p.m., he was seen going into a pachinko parlor in his suit and coming out in his new clothes, Fuji TV reported.
Police said that the suspect then went to a convenience store where he withdrew the money from Arai’s bank account.
Police said they plan to question Matsuo further on Sunday about Arai’s murder and also about a number of burglaries in the area this year.