A resident of a care home for the elderly has been arrested for allegedly murdering a fellow resident and injuring another in Kotohira town, Kagawa Prefecture, police said Monday.
The suspect, who has been named as 86-year-old Hajime Takamaru, is accused of entering the third floor room of co-resident Yoshiaki Onogawa, aged 79, at around 7:25 p.m. on Sunday night and stabbing him with a knife, TV Asahi reported. Police say he then proceeded to the second-floor room of a female resident, aged 68, and allegedly slashed her across the face.
Onogawa was taken to hospital where doctors say he died from shock brought about by blood loss, TV Asahi reported.
According to police, Takamaru confessed to the attacks at the scene and was arrested for attempted murder, a charge that was upgraded to one of murder on Monday. Police were quoted as saying that Takamaru has so far provided no motive for the crime.© Japan Today