A 45-year-old man was arrested for murder on Monday night, accused of strangling a 45-year-old woman to death in a love hotel in Nagano City on Saturday, police revealed Tuesday.
Police said Hiromasa Onozawa, an unemployed man from Nagano City but of no current fixed address, is accused of strangling Tomoe Shimoda, an unemployed 45-year-old woman, to death on Saturday with the belt of a hotel bath robe. An employee found the woman unconscious when he checked the room at about 6:30 p.m. and the woman was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Police said Shimoda told her father on Saturday morning that she was going to work, and when she didn’t return home that night her father filed a missing person’s report. Police put her car on a nationwide watch list and police in Mie Prefecture found it on Monday afternoon. Onozawa was inside the car and was asked to go to a nearby police station for questioning, where he told police he strangled Shimoda with the bath robe belt.
Onozawa said he became acquainted with Shimoda via a cell phone site in May and met her for the first time on Saturday, at the Hotel Quattro in Nagano City where he stayed from just after midday to around 6 p.m. He said he was angry with Shimoda when he killed her, and police are continuing to question him further on the motive.© News reports