Police in Sapporo said Sunday they have taken a 12-year-old boy into custody for questioning about a knife attack on a woman as she walked home on Saturday night.
The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. in Higashi Ward, Fuji TV reported. Police said they received a call from a passerby, saying that a woman was lying on the ground with a stab wound to her back. The knife was left at the scene of the crime.
The woman was rushed to hospital and was in a stable condition on Sunday.
Police said the only description the woman could give of her attacker was that he was wearing mostly black. Police examined street surveillance camera as well as footage from a nearby shopping center which showed the boy acting suspiciously, following the woman from the shopping center.
The boy was detained on Sunday afternoon for voluntary questioning and in the evening, was taken to a child consultation center where he reportedly admitted that he stabbed the woman. Under Japanese law, anyone under the age of 14 cannot be held criminally responsible.
According to police, the boy said he long felt like hurting someone and wanted to do so using a knife. He also said he imagined someone dying or killing someone. He said he shoplifted the knife about a month ago. The box the knife came in was found at his home.© Japan Today