Police have taken into custody a man they suspect is responsible for a series of stabbing incidents on a street in Kashiwa in the prefecture of Chiba. 24-year old Seiju Takei has admitted to committing a string of assaults that happened on Monday night, which killed 31-year old Hiroya Ikema and injured three others.
An initial investigation by the police showed that the victim Ikema actually lives in the same building as Takei but the suspect did not know him personally. Takei lives on the fourth floor of the building, which was around 20 meters away from the scene of the crime. Being unemployed, he wanted to rob people because he needed the money. On Monday night, the attack began when a man biking through the street encountered a man who slashed in the left hand around 11:36 in the evening. After that, Ikema was stabbed in the neck and back. A third man walking on the street was robbed off his wallet and a fourth man in a car, who stopped by the third victim to help him, was also hurt while the attacker drove off in his car. All of these incidents happened in just a span of 10 minutes in a residential area.
Before the arrest, the police had already questioned Takei on a voluntary basis. He told them he saw the perpetrator attacking Ikema and stabbing him over and over. However, when they searched his apartment after hearing his statement, they recovered a knife, which they believed was the weapon used in the series of attacks. Ikema died from bleeding because of multiple stabs wounds sustained in his neck and back. The car that was stolen was left at a convenience store around 1.5 km away. The police were able to check the security camera footage at the store which showed a man leaving the car and they were able to release a rough sketch of the suspect afterwards. On Friday night, another woman was dealt a blow in the back of her head around km away from where Monday’s incidents happened but Takei denied he had anything to do with that.
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