A 32-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend early Tuesday morning in a convenience store in Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture.
The incident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday at a Circle K Sunkus convenience store. The victim, identified as Saori Sugiyama, entered the store to seek help, telling the employee that her former boyfriend was standing in front of her house and that she was scared, Fuji TV reported.
The convenience store clerk allowed Sugiyama to come behind the counter in an attempt to protect her. A few minutes later, however, a man, presumed to be Sugiyama’s ex-boyfriend, entered the store, pushed the clerk away and stabbed Sugiyama in the abdomen and neck multiple times. He then stabbed himself in the stomach, police said.
Sugiyama was taken to hospital where she died about an hour and a half later. The suspect, who had three knives on him, was also taken to hospital.
The victim had consulted authorities a total of four times about her relationship with her then-boyfriend, once because he wouldn't leave her apartment, Fuji TV reported. Police had spoken to his parents as well and concluded that there was “no emergency threat” due to the fact that the two parties had also involved a lawyer in their negotiations.
Police believe Sugiyama's ex-boyfriend, who is in his 40s, attacked her out of rage over Sugiyama’s wish to end the relationship. Police said they will wait for the man to recover in order to begin questioning him.© Japan Today