A 24-year-old woman in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture was stabbed by a man who had been stalking her, even as the woman had already reported the said stalker to the police and that officers were near the victim’s house when the attack happened.
The suspect, a 25-year-old truck driver named Daichi Miyazaki from Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, attacked the victim near her house at around 12:10 AM on Friday, May 17. Earlier in the month, the victim had already reported the stalker to the Okayama Prefectural police, and they had instructed her on keeping safe and making sure she was secure. This was on May 6 and 9.
On the night of May 16, at around 10 PM, the victim had called the police while on her way home, saying that the vehicle owned by the man – who was apparently a suitor whom the woman had already rejected – was spotted near her home. After her call, several police officers had made patrols around the area of her house, but failed to spot the stalker. After two hours, the police – whom had lingered in the area – heard the woman scream and saw Miyazaki run away from the scene. The police spotted Miyazaki near a convenience store, about 400 meters away from the woman’s home, and arrested him on the spot. The suspect eventually confessed to attacking the woman and stabbing her in the chest, but refused to add any further comments.
Okayama Prefectural Police’s chief detective Koji Nakao said that he regrets that police couldn’t protect the victim, though they’d taken every possible measure. That, to us, is a paradox of sorts – since the police were definitely in the area of the attack and failed to prevent it. It means that, no, they did not take “every possible measure”, as apparently, the stalker saw a hiding place that the police failed to spot. We’d hate to put it down to incompetence, but the police should be thankful that the victim escaped with her life, and that her injuries are nowhere near life-threatening, else it would have been a major boo-boo for law enforcement.