The mother of a 17-year-old Romanian boy who was arrested Friday over the murder of a 22-year-old woman in Kichijoji has apologized for her son's actions.
The mother of the boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, said in a statement to media: "When I think of that girl's parents, my heart aches. I am lost for words." She added that her son had not been home for several days.
The victim, Arisa Yamada, had moved to Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture only recently to become a beautician. She was working nights at a restaurant to pay for her college tuition. She was attacked about 500 meters from JR Kichijoji Station in Musashino just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. She had just left a convenience store and was on her way home from work. Witnesses say they saw two young men follow her from the convenience store.
Police said that Yamada was stabbed twice in the back and her left wrist was also cut. She was taken to hospital, but died due to loss of blood. Her handbag was found empty about 200 meters away.
The Romanian boy was detained at about 5 a.m. Thursday and formally charged with robbery and murder on Friday after a DNA test showed that blood found on one of his gloves matched Yamada's.
According to a Fuji TV report on Saturday, the boy told police that he and an 18-year-old Japanese acquaintance had run out of money at a local games arcade and decided to buy some gloves and a knife to rob a passer-by in Musashino. He said they chose Yamada at random.
Police quoted the boy as saying they both stabbed the victim and then fled in opposite directions. When asked about his acquaintance, who is still at large, the boy told officers that the pair were not close friends and that he didn't know his surname.
Witnesses were quoted by police as saying they had often seen the two boys hanging out at manga and Internet cafes near Kichijoji Station, Fuji reported.© Japan Today