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DNA links man to stabbing of woman at Yokohama Station in 2009


A 45-year-old man, who lives in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill a 31-year-old woman at JR Yokohama Station in 2009, after a DNA match linked him to the crime.

According to police, Kenji Ito, a karaoke bar employee, has admitted to stabbing the woman on March 1, 2009. Police quoted Ito, who lived in Yokohama at the time, as saying he was unemployed then and was really irritated when he attacked the woman, Fuji TV reported.

The victim was stabbed by a fruit knife after a man approached her in the Porta underground shopping arcade near the east exit of JR Yokohama station and asked her for directions. She had been on her way to a training seminar when the man approached her at around 12.30 p.m., and asked her where a hotel was. The woman told him she didn’t know, and continued on her way. She was then stabbed from behind in her left side. The wound was inflicted by a knife with a 10-cm blade left at the scene. The man fled on foot and the woman called for help, police said.

Ito was arrested for another crime in Yamaguchi Prefecture in February. Police said DNA left at the scene of the Yokohama crime matched his DNA. Furthermore, his fingerprints matched those on the knife left at the Yokohama arcade.

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The excuse usually given for randomly stabbing and murdering someone you don't know (pre-meditated, as you can see in this article) is often "I was irritated".


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At least he was using an appropriate knife.

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Why the hell did it take so long?

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Yeah, why couldn't they have found him in an hour like on CSI?

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Why the hell did it take so long? there was no suspect to get a forced confession from.

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Sounds the the long arm of the law got their man. Well done!

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I have re-realized the power of science i.e. DNA. Well done!

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I think this is good work by the cops. Credit where it's due!

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