A 56-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder on Wednesday after he allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old boy in the back as he approached the ticket gate at a train station in Tokushima Prefecture.
Police said the man, an unemployed resident of Miyoshi City, whose name has not been released, stabbed the third-year high school student in his back at about 11 p.m. Tuesday night at JR Awaikeda station, before rushing through the ticket gate and getting into a taxi.
The boy, who was returning home after sitting for a university entrance exam in Tokyo, was rushed to hospital where he is in a stable condition. His injury is expected to take a month to heal. He told police he had no idea who his attacker was.
Police received a call at about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning from a local resident saying he saw a man matching the description of the suspect. Police took the man into custody for questioning, and later arrested him for attempted murder.
Police said the man, who has been treated for mental illness in the past, was incomprehensible at times during questioning, and he has said he would remain silent on the incident.© News reports