A 45-year-old woman working part-time at a Lawson convenience store in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, was fatally stabbed at the counter by her boyfriend who was trying to take money from the cash register on Wednesday.
The suspect, Hiroyuki Kawada, 41, also stabbed himself and died later in hospital, Fuji TV reported. Police said he and the victim, Mari Honna, had been in a relationship for about a year but that Honna had told him she wanted to break up with him.
On Aug 9, Honna called police and said she was scared because Kawada told her he was coming to her home, but he never showed up. On Tuesday, Honna went to a police station near her home and said Kawada was calling and texting her.
Police sent a patrol car to her home to keep a periodic watch.
However, at around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, Honna was assisting a customer in the store when Kawada came in. He attempted to get behind the counter and reach into the cash register. When Honna tried to stop him, he pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the chest.
Another employee prevented Kawada from taking any money and he then backed off and stabbed himself several times in the abdomen. Honna and Kawada were taken to hospital where they were both declared dead on arrival.
The convenience store is in a residential neighborhood about two kilometers from JR Utsunomiya Station.© Japan Today