A 65-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder on Thursday, accused of stabbing three people, one of whom later died, at a property in Yoshikawa City on Thursday morning.
Saitama police said they received a call just before 10 a.m. from a man, saying that people had been stabbed. Upon arriving at the property, they found a man and a woman in their 60s and a man in his 50s bleeding. All three were taken to hospital, but the woman was later pronounced dead. One of the men was seriously injured but was in stable condition and the other man, who made the call to police, was not seriously injured.
Seiji Shimizu was arrested at the scene for attempted murder and police said they will upgrade one of the charges to murder. Shimizu has admitted to stabbing the trio and said there had been some money problems.
Shimizu, owner of the property which consists of a house and an outhouse, leased the main house to a construction business which used it as accommodation for five of its employees, including the man who made the call to police on Thursday morning. Shimizu had been living with the woman on the second floor of the outhouse for the past five years. The other man, a former employee of the construction business, had moved out of the main house and started living in the outhouse a few days ago, police said.
Police said Shimizu was taken to hospital the day before the incident on Wednesday morning, after one of the residents called for an ambulance, saying that Shimizu was agitated and shaking. Shimizu was sent home after receiving a clean bill of health.© News reports