A 47-year-old man in the tsunami-hit town of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder after he was seen by multiple witnesses attacking a 26-year-old woman with a knife.
The woman, a Red Cross volunteer worker from Kanazawa, was at a Red Cross hospital at around 3:40 p.m. when she was attacked from behind by the man, who was carrying a bladed weapon. She sustained an injury a few centimeters deep to her lower back. Her attacker then tried to flee the scene by bicycle, but was surrounded by onlookers who hindered his progress until the police arrived and arrested him.
Police said the pair were not acquainted and that the attacker's speech has been incoherent. According to medical workers, the woman's injuries are not life threatening.© Compiled from news reports