Police in Sapporo, Hokkaido, have placed on the nationwide wanted list a man who is suspected of fatally stabbing his former mother-in-law and seriously wounding his ex-wife.
According to police, the suspect, identified as Shuichi Shirakawa, 30, assaulted his former wife Yuko Ouchi, 23, at her home at around 7 p.m. on Sunday, by hitting her on the head with a bat, leaving her seriously injured, Fuji TV reported. Ouchi managed to escape from the house and seek help from the neighbors, telling them that her former husband had attacked her and then had stabbed her mother.
Shirakawa fled the scene in a black van and remains at large, police said Tuesday.
Upon their arrival at the scene, police found Ouchi’s 52-year-old mother unconscious after having suffered multiple stab wounds. She was taken to hospital, where she died on Monday.
Ouchi and Shirakawa's 1-year-old son also went missing following the incident, but was later found at the suspect's parents' house, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Shirakawa and Ouchi had divorced in 2015 due to reasons including domestic violence, police said. Shirakawa had, however, continued to pursue his former wife on a number of occasions after the split.
Sankei reported that Ouchi contacted police last January and again last June about her former husband but did not file a complaint. She contacted the police on Sunday, telling them that Shirakawa had been calling her and sending her multiple messages. The police then contacted Shirakawa by phone, warning him to stay away from Ouchi. Police said Shirakawa told them he would comply with their instructions.
Ouchi’s brother was quoted by police as saying that there had been many arguments between the two from the time they were dating. He called on Shirakawa to turn himself in, saying that what he did “cannot be forgiven.”© Japan Today