Police are planning to charge a 27-year-old man with robbery and murder, after already arresting him in December for abandoning the body of a 20-year-old vocational school student from Tokyo in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture.
According to police, Yoshinobu Kumazawa, of no fixed address, is suspected of having stolen Natsuki Taniguchi’s cash card after suffocating her to death in her dormitory room in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, at the end of last November, Fuji TV reported. Around the same time, about 60,000 yen, almost all that remained, was withdrawn from her bank account. Police believe Kumazawa got the PIN number from the victim before murdering her.
Kumazawa was arrested for abandoning the victim’s body after surveillance camera footage showed him leaving Taniguchi’s apartment building on the night of Nov 28, carrying a large mattress, which police believe contained Taniguchi’s body.
Taniguchi’s body was found in a rental car in a parking lot in Iwaki on Dec 9, after she was reported missing from her dormitory on Nov 29.
Taniguchi was last seen at the vocational school on Nov 28. The dormitory she lived in belonged to the school. On Dec 6, a school official called Taniguchi’s parents to report that she hadn’t been to school since Nov 28. Her father went to her room and found blood-stained sheets.
Police said there was also a note, purportedly written by Kumazawa, in which he hinted at his involvement in Taniguchi’s death and that he wished to die as well.
Police said Kumazawa worked for one night in October at the same bar where Taniguchi worked part-time, but quit after apparently becoming infatuated with her.© Japan Today