Slain woman alive during police visit

Kyodo News

A woman abducted and slain in her own condominium complex was likely alive when Tokyo police questioned her neighbor, who has admitted killing her in his own unit, investigative sources said Saturday.

Takanori Hoshijima, 33, told investigators he confined Rurika Tojo, 23, in his condominium on the evening of April 18 after kidnapping her from her own unit, the sources said. Hoshijima was arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

Police officers visited Hoshijima, who lives two doors down from Tojo, at around 11 p.m. that day after her sister, who was living with her, reported her missing. The officers did not enter his unit but spoke with Hoshijima on his doorstep.

Hoshijima was quoted by investigators as saying he decided to kill Tojo and mutilate her body “because I believed I would be arrested even if I released her,” the sources said.

After the officers left, he thought they would come back and try to check the inside of his condo, and that was when he decided to kill her and mutilate her body, the sources quoted Hoshijima as telling investigators.

Hoshijima told investigators he killed her by stabbing her in the neck and dumped parts of her shredded body as garbage. He was arrested May 25 after his fingerprints were found in Tojo’s condo.

Hoshijima said he saw Tojo for the first time about a week earlier, and made plans to confine her, the sources said.

On the evening of April 18, he allegedly forced his way into her apartment after she got home at around 7:30 p.m., leaving his door slightly ajar so he could detect her arrival and hear the sound of her door opening.

After confirming she was there, he then allegedly broke in, hit her in the face, blindfolded her and brought her to his condo. He then tied her up and went back to erase his fingerprints, the sources said.

Her sister, who found her missing after returning at around 8:45 p.m., called the police, who opened an investigation at the condominium.