Suspect arrested over murder of high school student in 2010
Written by tokyoclub on August 6, 2021
Police in Kobe on Wednesday said they have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old boy in Kobe in October 2010.
Police did not say whether the suspect has admitted to the charge of killing Shota Tsutsumi, then a student at Kobe Koryo Gakuen High School.
According to the warrant, the suspect, who lives in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, allegedly stabbed Tsutsumi several times in the neck and other body parts with a cooking knife on a sidewalk at around 10:45 p.m. on October 4, 2010, Fuji TV reported. Police said the suspect was living near the crime scene at the time.
Six days after the homicide, the murder weapon was retrieved in a ditch roughly 200 meters southwest from the crime scene in Kita Ward. DNA tests revealed that blood found on the knife was that of the victim. The knife had been bought at a nearby supermarket.
Just before he was killed, Tsutsumi and his girlfriend were sitting on the sidewalk beside a vending machine, when a man sitting on the other side of the road approached the pair. Tsutsumi told the girl to run.
She returned and found Tsutsumi lying on the road at a crossing 70 meters away. Tsutsumi had sustained an 8-cm cut to his neck and died from loss of blood. – Japan Today