Police in Tokyo said Thursday that a 54-year-old man who injured a girl with an ice pick while on a train told them he did it as a kind of rehearsal to see if he had what it takes to actually kill someone.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 a.m. on April 23 on a train on the Keio line between Kitazawa and Hachimanyama stations, Fuji TV reported. The 17-year-old girl told police she was dozing when she felt a pain in her right thigh. She looked up and saw a man with an ice pick run away and exit the train at Hachimanyama station.
The girl suffered a gash that took a week to heal, police said.
The suspect, an unemployed man from Meguro Ward, turned up at a hospital in Setagaya Ward about an hour after the attack, carrying the ice pick and two knives. Police said he has a history of psychiatric trouble, police said. He was quoted as saying that he wanted to kill someone but before he could do so, he wanted to see if he really had the guts to do it.© Japan Today