Japanese pop star Mayu Tomita is in critical condition after she was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and chest by an obsessive fan who was angry that she had refused a gift from him. The singer suffered nearly two dozen stab wounds and has yet to gain consciousness according to reports in the Japanese media.
A 27-year-old man, Tomohiro Iwazaki, admitted to attacking her and was arrested at the scene by officers, who seized his blood-covered knife. He was angry about a gift he sent her that was returned without an explanation.
“I ambushed her at the station (where she was to perform that evening) and asked her (about the gift). I lost my temper and stabbed her many times because she didn’t clearly answer,” the suspect was quoted as saying.
According to the owner of a restaurant in the same building, a trail of blood and a bloodstained mask were found on stairs leading to the room where the concert was to take place.
According to sources, a person believed to be Iwazaki sent multiple messages to Tomita’s Twitter account. In those messages, the person claimed to have sent a watch to her sometime between January and February. It was apparently returned to the sender in April.
“I will never forget that I was looked down upon by you,” a message sent on Feb. 22 read.
“It would be radical to kill just because (someone was) rejected by a girl,” read another message dated March 15.
Tomita, 20, appears in pop idol shows and television programs for children. (via The Independent)