Papers on Kawasaki Stabbing Case Sent to Prosecutors


Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref., Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Police accused a 51-year-old man Monday of charges of murder and attempted murder over a stabbing rampage in May in Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, that left two people dead and 18 others injured.

The Kanagawa prefectural police department sent public prosecutors papers on Ryuichi Iwasaki, who committed suicide soon after attacking pupils and parents waiting for a school bus.

According to the prefectural police, Iwasaki is suspected of attacking the pupils and parents with knives in the city's Tama Ward around at 7:40 a.m. on May 28, killing sixth-grader Hanako Kuribayashi, 11, and Satoshi Oyama, 39, a parent of another pupil.

After the attack that lasted just over 10 seconds, Iwasaki killed himself by slashing his own neck, according to the police.

Police investigators interviewed about 390 people about the case but failed to determine the motives of the suspect, sources familiar with the investigation said.

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