Police in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Tuesday arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man over the knife attack on an 8-year-old school girl in the street on Monday. The suspect, who was identified as Masahiro Yamada, lives about 100 meters from the scene of the attack, police said, adding that he has denied the allegation.
Meanwhile, NHK reported on Tuesday night that a knife which might have been used in the attack was found in the suspect's home.
The girl was attacked at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. A 74-year-old woman called police and reported seeing a man running away from a girl who was lying on the ground. Emergency services rushed to the scene to find the girl who had been slashed about a dozen times in the face with a bladed weapon. She was taken to hospital, where she is in a stable condition, police said Tuesday.
A primary schoolboy who had been walking with the girl told police the assailant was around 165 cm tall, roughly 20 years of age and dressed in white.© Compiled from news reports