Man arrested for attempted murder of supermarket employee

Police in Kyoto have arrested a 45-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of attempted murder after he stabbed a 35-year-old female supermarket employee several times on Friday. The woman was taken to hospital where she remained in a serious condition on Saturday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the Izumiya Takano supermarket in Sakyo Ward. Police said the suspect, Hiroyuki Fujii, entered the store and stabbed the woman, who is a part-time employee, seven times in the neck and back, Fuji TV reported. Witnesses said he kept stabbing her even after she fell to the floor and that he said nothing the whole time.
Fujii then ran out of the store and holed up in his apartment in a condo about 200 meters away. Police spent about 50 minutes negotiating with him before they entered the apartment. Fujii was led out of the building with a white paper bag over his head. A bloodied knife was found in his possession.
Police said Fujii has admitted to stabbing the woman but has so far given no motive.

© Japan Today
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