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Convenience store employee stabbed to death in Kanagawa

The Nagatake branch of convenience store chain Lawson
Outside the Nagatake branch of convenience store chain Lawson

KANAGAWA (TR) – Following the stabbing death of a 61-year-old employee of a convenience store, Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested the manager, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 24).

On Monday at 2:30 a.m., a customer entering the Nagatake branch of chain Lawson in Sagamihara City telephoned police after finding no employees inside and a bloodstain at the register. Officers from the Tsukui Police Station arriving at the scene found the body Kazuhiro Miyagawa collapsed on the floor of the store’s office. He had suffered a stab wound to the abdomen.

Miyagawa was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead two hours later.

Outside the store, police later arrested Seiji Yamada, the 62-year-old manager, for attempted murder. He was in possession of a blood-stained knife at the time of his apprehension.

The suspect admits to the allegations, telling police that the pair had gotten into a dispute. Police believe the suspect stabbed the victim repeatedly about 20 minutes before the customer entered the store, according to NHK (Nov. 24).

Kanagawa police are expected to change the charges against Yamada to murder.