Police on Wednesday arrested a man in Kamagaya City, Chiba Prefecture, for allegedly stabbing a woman in the street in June. The suspect, who has been identified as 39-year-old office worker Masato Nakagawa, has confessed to following a 29-year-old office worker who was walking home and then stabbing her in the back at around 1 a.m. on June 18 of this year.
The woman sustained serious injuries in the attack, from which it took her three months to recover.
According to police, when asked about his motives, Nakagawa was quoted by police as saying: "I wanted her underwear, so I followed her."
Police say they were first led to suspect Nakagawa, whom they had arrested once before, after analyzing security camera footage of an unknown man in a suit following the woman. In the course of their investigations, police uncovered a blood-stained knife in Nakagawa's home. A DNA test revealed that the blood on the knife matched that of the victim.
According to the Chiba District Public Prosecutor's Office, Nakagawa was first arrested in July of last year for threatening a university student with a knife in Kamagaya and stealing her underwear. Police are now trying to establish if there is a connection between Nakagawa and an incident that occurred in Kamagaya in August of last year in which another female office worker was stabbed in the back while walking along a street.© Compiled from wire reports