YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) An investigation into an assault on a 68-year-old woman Wednesday in Kawasaki has prompted police to probe last week’s death of a 9-year-old boy at the same condominium complex, thought to be an accidental fall, as a possible murder.
The woman was attacked by a man Wednesday on the outside corridor of the 15th floor, believed to be near where Yuki Yamakawa, 9, fell to his death, police officials said.
A man thought to be about 30 years old lured the woman, who was cleaning the first-floor corridor, to the 15th floor at around 9:30 a.m., telling her there was garbage that needed to be cleaned up.
When they arrived on the 15th floor, he shoved her down and then tried unsuccessfully to lift her up, police said.
The man was about 160 cm tall, wore glasses and had untidy hair, according to police.
In reviewing security camera footage, an image was discovered of a man walking behind the boy shortly before he fell from the building at around 12:50 p.m. on March 20 after he returned from school.
The man in the video may be the same person who fled after shoving the woman Wednesday, they said.
Shortly before Yamakawa’s death, a resident saw the boy getting out of an elevator on the top floor of the 15-story building. The boy’s school pack was later found in the corridor.
The boy lived on the 14th floor, but above the first floor, the elevator stops only at floors with numbers divisible by three.
In a separate video, a man was seen entering the building from the stairs of the first floor about 9 minutes before the boy’s fall and then leaving the building from the same staircase about two to three minutes after the fall.
Police believe the man is the same in both videos.
An autopsy showed the boy died of a heart rupture.