OSAKA — A 33-year-old supermarket employee died after being stabbed Tuesday morning during a scuffle near the store in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, police said.

A fellow supermarket employee found Makoto Yano, of Ibaraki, bleeding and unconscious outside the store around 8:15 a.m. He died soon afterward, police said.

The store is located on the first and second floors of the Hankyu Electric Railway Co.’s Minami-Ibaraki Station building.

Yano had been stabbed in the chest by what appeared to be a kitchen knife, police said.

A man was seen struggling with Yano in the supermarket’s staff office around 8 a.m., they said.

Police described the man as solidly built, aged in his 40s, about 165 cm tall and wearing black trousers.

After the scuffle, Yano returned to the supermarket, but the attacker is believed to have dragged him from the store and stabbed him outside, police said. They suspect that Yano knew the attacker.

The station building is in a busy area surrounded by condominiums and stores. The store closed for the day after the incident.

Bloody cap and knife

A bloodied knife and cap believed to have belonged to the murderer of a 19-year-old girl Monday in Tokyo’s Taito Ward were found Tuesday in a park near the crime scene, investigators said.

The assailant — described by witnesses as a man wearing a brownish hat and fleeing north along the Sumida River — attacked Mayuko Ogawa of Itabashi Ward, a second-year student at Toita Women’s College, stabbing her in the chest and abdomen.

On Tuesday, investigators said they found the cap, shaped in the form of a lesser panda, among the shrubs at Sumida Park, about 200 meters northeast of the scene. The cap was made in China from the kind of fake fur used on stuffed animal dolls, they said.

The bloodied knife, which was found Tuesday afternoon with an umbrella and some fliers in bushes near the same park, has a 20 cm blade, they said.

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