Saitama: Man, 68, arrested over fatal stabbing of male acquaintance

Akio Takahashi
Akio Takahashi (Twitter)

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 68-year-old man over the fatal stabbing of his male acquaintance in Niiza City on Friday, reports TBS News (Feb. 24).

At just before 8:00 p.m., Akio Takahashi, a resident of Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, allegedly used a kitchen knife to repeatedly stab Yasuyuki Handa, 58, in the back and neck on a road in front of the residence of the victim. The suspect then fled the scene.

According to a previous report, the 21-year-old daughter of the victim alerted emergency services. Hanada, however, was later confirmed dead after being transported to a hospital.

According to police, the mother of Hanada is acquainted with Takahashi, who emerged as a person of interest after police spoke wth the relatives of Hanada.

Early on Saturday, police apprehended Takahashi inside his vehicle at a harbor in Ibaraki. Upon his arrest on suspicion of murder, he admitted to the allegations.

Police believe that the suspect and victim experienced money problems between one another.

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