Police in Toyoya City, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a male jogger and three women in a convenience store.
According to police, the assaults started at around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Fuji TV reported that a 27-year-old man and his girlfriend were jogging by a supermarket when a man, whom they did not know, stopped his car, got out and asked them to go drinking with him. When the couple ignored the man, a confrontation ensued. During a scuffle between the two men, the stranger stabbed the jogger in his left arm with a knife. The girlfriend then fled 100 meters to a convenience store. However, the suspect chased her and attacked three shoppers in the store. The victims were a 29-year-old woman, her 6-year-old daughter and her 48-year-old mother-in-law. All three sustained injuries inflicted by blows to the head.
The suspect was then forcefully held down in the store by two male employees until police arrived.
The suspect has been identified as Akitoshi Kimura, a resident of Uehara-cho, Toyota City, and whose occupation is unknown. According to police, Kimura has remained silent since his arrest.
It has also been reported that a male in his 30s who passed by the supermarket tried to restrain Kimura by throwing a bicycle at him. However, Kimura stabbed him, then dropped the knife, before he headed into the convenience store.© Japan Today