A 52-year-old woman sustained severe injuries after being stabbed in the stomach on a side street in Tokyo's Adachi Ward at around 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday night. The woman identified the assailant as her ex-boyfriend, Satoru Ishizaki, 49, police said.
The woman is in a stable condition in hospital. Fuji TV reported Friday that police arrested Ishizaki who was hiding at a relative's house in Tochigi and he has been charged with attempted murder.
Police said that the woman had consulted police five times since last July, complaining that Ishizaki was stalking her. She initially came to the police after receiving a message from Ishizaki saying, "I'm going to kill you." In December, Ishizaki, confronted her on the street and threatened her with a knife, demanding they get back together.
Following the incident, the woman was told by police that they would handle the case. However, she demanded that an official warning be given to Ishizaki.
Police then confronted Ishizaki and ordered him to write a statement promising that he would leave the woman alone forever.
Ishizaki was quoted by police as saying he used the knife to scare the woman and didn't plan to stab her, but lost his temper, Fuji reported.© Japan Today