A 31-year-old man was stabbed to death in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and three others wounded on Monday night, in what police believe was the work of the same attacker.
According to police, all four attacks took place within 10 minutes on a 50-meter-long poorly-lit street in Akebono, Kashiwa.
NTV quoted police as saying the first attack took place at around 11:35 p.m. when a man on his bike was slashed. A few minutes later, Hiroya Ikema was stabbed several times in the neck and back and his briefcase and wallet were stolen. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
In the third incident, the assailant accosted another man walking along the street and demanded money before cutting him on the hand. In the fourth incident, a driver stopped his car when he saw the stabbing victim lying on the ground, and was attacked. The suspect stole the car which was found three hours later in the parking area of a convenience store about 1.5 kilometers away. Police said surveillance camera footage showed the driver getting out and walking away.
Police dispatched 50 riot police to watch over 17 schools in the morning and afternoon on Tuesday.
The suspect is described as being 170-175 cms tall, about 30-40 years old and was wearing a black down jacket, black cap, white face mask and sunglasses.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 04-7148-0110.© Japan Today