A 37-year-old man, who is currently serving a jail sentence for attempting to kill a woman in 2007, has been arrested on suspicion of killing another woman in 2006 in a tunnel in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Yuri Kuronuma, a 27-year-old part-time worker, was fatally stabbed multiple times in the stomach and chest on Sept 23, 2006, in a Miyamae Ward tunnel. The tunnel is about 1.5 kilometers from the site where a 40-year-old woman was stabbed twice in the back in April of 2007. She survived the attack.
Hirokazu Suzuki, then 26, was arrested shortly after that crime. Suzuki, who lived near the scene, visited the Miyamae police station about an hour after the 40-year-old woman was stabbed and told police that he had sustained injuries to his hands when he tried to prevent a man from assaulting a woman after hearing her scream. He also told police that he returned home after losing sight of the culprit, treated his hands and changed his clothes.
The victim's accounts, combined with factual circumstances at the scene, led the police to conclude that Suzuki hurt himself with a knife to make it look as if he had been attacked, they said.
In April 2009, Suzuki was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted murder.
Police said the first hint that he may have been also responsible for killing Kuronuma came in January 2016, Fuji TV reported. Kanagawa Prefectural Police received a postcard from Suzuki, who was in a prison in Tochigi Prefecture, implying that he had killed Kuronuma and saying that he wanted to talk about the Kuronuma case. During questioning, he told police that since being abused by a woman earlier in his life, he has constantly had the urge to stab women. He also said he had stabbed Kuronuma twice.
Police said that while there have been some inconsistencies in Suzuki’s story, Kuronuma’s DNA was detected on his shoes and inside his vehicle.
Kanagawa Prefectural Police obtained an arrested warrant on Monday and arrested Suzuki on Tuesday.
Upon hearing the news, Kuronuma’s father expressed relief by stating, “I feel like I can finally see the light...speaking on behalf of my family, we are extremely pleased that [the case] is heading in the right direction.”© Kyodo/JapanToday