At around 9:00 a.m. on August 12, Hisao Akatsuka is alleged to have strangled Tomoka Kimura, a 42-year-old employee at a residential organization, to death inside her second-floor apartment.
The following day, Kimura’s body was found collapsed near the entrance by her sister. Both of the victim’s wrists were bound. Officers from the Takamatsukita Police Station Police arriving at the scene determined the cause of death to be suffocation as a result of strangulation.
After an examination of evidence left at the scene of the crime, Akatsuka was identified as a person of interest and placed on a nationwide wanted list, according to the Asahi Shimbun (Aug. 20). At around 2:00 p.m. on August 19, Hiroshima Prefectural Police apprehended Akatsuka in Hiroshima City.
Akatsuka, who has been charged with murder, admits to the allegations. He has told police that he was not acquainted with Kimura. He has also hinted that his motive for the crime was to obtain money.