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Tokyo cops arrest boyfriend of woman found dead in Machida

Koji Takarada
Koji Takarada

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday arrested the 46-year-old boyfriend of a woman found dead in the home they share in Machida City, reports Kyodo News (Dec. 11).

On Thursday evening, Koji Takarada is alleged to have beaten his girlfriend, aged in her 30s, in the kitchen of the residence, located in the Naruse area, after the couple got into an argument.

Takarada, who has been charged with assault, admits to the allegations. “Our daily quarrels over money never died out,” the suspect is quoted by police, according to TBS News (Dec. 11).

At approximately 9:45 p.m. that evening, a man phoned emergency services to report that a woman was collapsed in the street in front of the apartment. Officers from the Machida Police Station soon after arrived at the scene but did not find the woman.

Police then entered the residence and discovered the body of the woman lying face-up on a futon in a bedroom on the third floor. Her body had numerous marks consistent with assault.

Police are now awaiting the results of an autopsy before applying additional charges to Takarada.