Police in Taketoyo, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old man over a crossbow attack on a 31-year-old newspaper deliveryman in August.
According to police, the suspect, Taito Yamaguchi, fired a crossbow at the victim as he was delivering newspapers on his bike to a housing complex at around 2:45 a.m.
Fuji TV reported that two residents heard loud voices that sounded like two men arguing and then heard a man crying for help. One resident found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from the right chest, and called police.
The victim told police that a man wearing a black helmet had fired a crossbow at him. A witness in the housing block saw a man in a black helmet drive away in a black van right after the incident.
Police said an arrow from a crossbow appeared to have penetrated the man's chest and exited his back. However, no arrow was found at the scene. The victim also had a knife wound to his stomach.
Police said Friday that Yamaguchi and the victim had worked at the newspaper delivery company until last October. At that time, Yamaguchi was reprimanded by the victim for his attitude and behavior at work and the two got into an argument.
A friend of Yamaguchi told reporters that he was in the archery club in high school, Fuji reported.
Police confiscated a crossbow and knife from Yamaguchi's residence and said there were also traces of blood matching the victim's in Yamaguchi's car.
Yamaguchi, who is denying the charge, is also being questioned over a similar attack in neighboring Handa City on July 12, in which a company employee was stabbed in the back as he opened the door to his home. The assailant in that incident was also wearing a black helmet.© Japan Today