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Murder suspect admits stabbing woman

Date Posted: 2007-10-22

A man arrested by Naha City Police in the stabbing death of an elderly woman is telling police “I killed her before she killed me!”
Shizue Miyazato was found Saturday morning at the base of a stairwell in her apartment building in Naha City’s Matsugawa area, with blood seeping from chest wounds. Passers by called police and an ambulance, but Miyazato was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. A doctor says the elderly woman had been stabbed in the heart by a sharp knife.
Police investigating the stabbing noticed a man quietly observing the activity, and began questioning him. Three hours later, at the police station, the man admitted ”Yes, I did stab her with a knife, but I did nothing wrong.” He calmly explained “she is the one trying to kill me, and that’s why I killed her before she killed me.” Investigators say he stabbed Miyazato outside her second floor apartment, and that she apparently tried to reach the owner’s apartment on the first floor before she collapsed.
Neighbors are telling police the suspect was strange, and that they didn’t like him. Many were afraid of him, complaining because he was always engaging in strange activities like sprinkling salt, food oil and thumb tacks on stairs. They say he also took photographs of them, and threatened people without reason. Police say the man was receiving money from Naha City’s livelihood protection program.
One neighbor threatened by the suspect says “he was trying to kill me, too, and chased me like a stalker.” The woman complained to the building owner, who called Naha Police and the Naha City Office. The building owner says the Naha City Office referred him to police, who then advised “we can’t do anything before he does something bad. He didn’t give you damage, did he?” The said he couldn’t arrest the man simply because residents were afraid.

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