Idol Mayu Tomita In Critical Condition After Fan Stabs Her 20 Times
Monday 23 May, 2016 - 12:03am UTC
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Japanese idol Mayu Tomita
has been hospitalized and is in critical condition after she was stabbed more than 20 times before a scheduled appearance.
The stabbing occurred the evening of May 21. Tomita was in Tokyo and was scheduled to perform at a concert hall in Kogenai.
Tomita was outside of the concert venue when the stabbing occurred. The idol was stabbed more than 20 times in the neck and chest, with more injuries to her back and both arms.
The idol was rushed to the hospital shortly after the incident occurred. She is in critical condition.
A man near the scene of the crime was arrested after police arrived. The man was holding a bloody knife. He later admitted to the crime.
Police have identified the man as 27-year-old Tomohiro Iwazaki. Last month, the idol had complained to police about Iwazaki after he began posting obsessive comments to her on social media.
Iwazaki has stated that he approached Tomita before the show and asked her about a gift he tried to send her. The gift had been returned to him, and he became angry when she didn't answer him clearly.
Police plan on re-arresting Iwazaki on charges of attempted murder.
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