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Shizuoka: Man sought after pair stabbed at bar

SHIZUOKA (TR) – Shizuoka Prefectural Police are hunting for a man over the stabbing of the female manager of a bar and her male customer in Numazu City on Sunday, reports NHK (July 21).

At around 7:30 p.m., the assailant stabbed Kayoko Kikuchi, the 68-year-old manager of Bikkuri Gyoten, and customer Akira Kasama, 71, outside the bar.

Kikuchi received injuries to the abdomen and chin. She was unconscious upon being transported to a hospital with injuries considered serious.

Meanwhile, Kasama suffered injuries to the abdomen, arm and face. He is also in serious condition, police said.

Numazu City
A male assailant stabbed the manager of a bar and her customer in Numazu City on Sunday (NHK)

Bikkuri Gyoten is located in a residential area about 150 meters from JR Oka Station.

The perpetrator, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, arrived at the bar as a customer. After the incident, he fled the scene. With a medium build, he was dressed in white clothing and wearing glasses, police said.

Police are seeking his whereabouts on suspicion of attempted murder.