A female volunteer working in an evacuation center in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, was the victim of an attempted rape on Sunday, police said. It is believed that the victim and her attacker were acquainted through her work at the shelter, which had been set up to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region on March 11.
According to police, the attack took place at dawn. The suspect, identified as Kazuhiko Nagata, 38, allegedly attacked the woman while she slept, punching her face and neck in what police believe to have been an attempted sexual assault. The woman, originally from Kanagawa Prefecture, sustained several injuries, including gashes caused by a utility knife that Nagata was allegedly brandishing.
Nagata was arrested for attempted assault and attempted rape. According to police, Nagata has so far refused to admit to the charges during questioning, saying only "I don't know."© Compiled from news reports