A man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend and three policemen near Kobe Gakuin University, following an apparent attempt at reconciliation that was rejected, police said Wednesday.
At around 3 p.m., the suspect, identified as Yoshiaki Izaki, 25, allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, a 21-year-old Kobe Gakuin University student, in the lower abdomen, only a few minutes after she had called the police asking for help. Izaki also stabbed the three policemen who rushed to the crime scene. The woman and one of the policemen remained in a critical condition on Wednesday.
According to police, Izaki and the woman dated for approximately a year, but separated in March after graduation when Izaki moved to Saitama for work. He quit his job after a month, however, and told police that he returned to Kobe in an attempt to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend on several occasions, but was rejected.
The ex-girlfriend, whose name was not revealed, consulted police in April, after Izaki spent several nights waiting in front of her house. The man was warned to stay away from the woman and was asked to write an official declaration, stating that he would not approach her again. During the same month, he attempted to hang himself at the university’s restroom, police said.
“She called the engagement off in March after which I was so devastated that I quit my job. I wanted to see her and talk with her, but she refused,” Izaki was quoted by police as saying. “I thought the best thing would be to get put away for awhile, and that is why I stabbed the policemen too.”
Police said that Izaki had planned the crime beforehand as he bought two knives at a local shop several days ago. He used one of them to stab his ex-girlfriend and the policemen, while he kept the other in his bag.© Compiled from news reports