An 18-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed in Mitaka, Tokyo, on Tuesday night, had visited local police earlier that morning to request help in dealing with the stalker who is suspected of killing her, police said Wednesday.
According to police, Saaya Suzuki was attacked on the street in front of her home in Inokashira at around 5 p.m. TBS reported that neighbors heard Suzuki scream and found her in her school uniform, bleeding from stab wounds to her neck and stomach. She was taken to hospital where she died a short time later due to loss of blood, police said.
Witnesses were quoted by media as saying they saw a man wearing a turban running away from the scene of the crime. Police said that 21-year-old Charles Thomas Ikenaga, a former boyfriend of Suzuki until they broke up six months ago, was arrested nearby 90 minutes later. He was wearing a purple turban when taken into custody, police said.
Ikenaga has admitted to the crime and said he bought a knife a few days ago with the intention of killing Suzuki.
Suzuki and her parents had visited police at around 9 a.m. Tuesday to seek help after Ikenaga allegedly lay in wait near their home and accosted them on several occasions, TBS reported. Suzuki had also asked her school principal for help after she received email death threats from Ikenaga. The principal advised her to contact the police.
The police officer who dealt with their case called Ikenaga's cell phone three times Tuesday, but his calls were not answered, police said.
Police said they asked Suzuki to bring the threatening emails back the next day so they could prepare to file a charge against him.
Police say an investigation is to be launched into the officer's handling of the case to ensure that it conformed to regulations regarding stalking.© Japan Today