A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing and seriously injuring a 15-year-old schoolboy in a hardware store car park in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Tuesday. Several witnesses to the stabbing, which took place at 5 p.m., described the attacker's car to police who then found the vehicle in a convenience store car park in Ushiku at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The suspect, who has been identified as Takashi Murakami, a 34-year-old trucker, has reportedly admitted to the charge. Police are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the attack since Murakami has given no motive.
According to police, the schoolboy was with his mother and was putting some shopping bags in the trunk of the car, when a voice called out, "Die!" The suspect then stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife. The victim's mother and a store guard saw his assailant flee the scene in a car that had been parked a few meters away. The boy's injuries are expected to take a month to heal, police said.
Police are still searching for the weapon which was not in Murakami's car when he was arrested.© Compiled from news reports