Police in Japan on Thursday arrested a 40 year old man for attempting to kill a woman by poisoning her through her shoes. Tatsujiro Fukasawa was found to have put hydrofluoric acid in woman’s left shoe in December of last year, in addition to regularly stalking her.
The woman, a co-worker of Fukasawa, is still alive, but reports say that she developed gangrene on her left foot. It’s still unknown how badly she was injured, or if she need to have an amputation as a result of the potentially life-threatening condition. Hydrofluoric acid is often used in oil refining or to dissolve unnecessary rock, but the highly corrosive chemical can also be absorbed through the skin and into a person’s blood stream, possibly causing systemic failure or a heart attack. Jiji Press reported that investigators said Fukusawa is denying the allegations.
Police are still trying to determine the man’s motive for attempting to kill the woman in such a bizarre way. They do believe he managed to get his hands on the poison at his workplace, however. While attempted murder is certainly a more serious crime, this incident seems to ring familiar to several months ago when a man stole a high school girl’s sock while she was wearing it. The 16 year old student said the grown man came out of nowhere and grabbed her ankle, pushing her to the ground, and the simply pulled the sock off her foot and ran away.
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