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A man under arrest for allegedly dumping the dismembered corpse of an 88-year-old woman into a pond in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, has told investigators he strangled the victim because she woke up and discovered he had broken into her apartment.

“I strangled her with my hands to make her quiet,” Yasunobu Ikeda, 28, allegedly told investigators.

He has already reportedly told them he had entered Tokiko Abe’s apartment through an unlocked balcony door to steal money. The police are treating the case as a murder.

Investigative sources alleged that Ikeda entered Abe’s third-floor apartment in the early hours of June 20, killed her and cut up her body with a kitchen knife he found there.

The police have found traces of blood as well as apparent human tissue in Abe’s bathroom.

The sources also quoted Ikeda as saying Tuesday that he briefly left the apartment to buy a sports bag to bring out the dismembered body. He entered her apartment again June 21, put Abe’s remains in a plastic bag before putting them in the sports bag to take to the pond.

Ikeda also said he dumped the bag and the knife in the garbage at his house, according to the sources. He also separately discarded the sneakers he wore when he broke into Abe’s apartment. The soles of the shoes matched imprints taken on Abe’s balcony and in her apartment, they said.

Ikeda was initially arrested for allegedly dumping the victim’s body in the pond at Himonya Park. The case broke when a cleaning worker found a human leg floating in the pond on June 23. Other body parts were later found there in a subsequent sweep by the police.

Security cameras at and near Abe’s apartment had filmed a man resembling Ikeda with a dark sports bag at 2 a.m. June 21. Security footage also showed a man believed to be Ikeda riding a bicycle toward the park soon after that, and later walking around the pond at night, leading the police to speculate that he had carried Abe’s body parts in the bag.

Abe lived alone on the third floor of a residential complex about 600 meters from the pond, the police said. Ikeda lives with his mother in a condominium about 500 meters from Abe’s home. They have reportedly lived there for over 10 years.

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