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Tokyo man arrested after alleged attack on 'noisy' neighbors leaves 1 dead

A police car is seen with its red lights flashing. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- A resident of an apartment in the capital's Adachi Ward was arrested on May 4 on suspicion of attacking his neighbor and his visiting son, who later died from stab wounds, police said.

Police suspect that Shizuharu Hiruta, 60, stabbed the stomach of the neighbor's son in his 30s with a kitchen knife in front of the entrance to the apartment next to Hiruta's residence at around 8:15 p.m. on May 4. Hiruta then allegedly used a hammer to hit the head of a man in his 60s, the father of the stabbed man, who came out of the apartment. The father was left bleeding but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Unemployed Hiruta initially stands accused of attempting to kill the two men. The Metropolitan Police Department's Takenozuka Police Station will upgrade the charges to murder and investigate the details of the incident.

Hiruta has admitted to the allegations and was quoted as saying, "The apartment (next door) was noisy and I couldn't take it any longer."

According to the police station, Hiruta smashed a wall between the two apartments and yelled out, "Come out! I'll kill you!" The stabbed man was apparently attacked after opening the door. He had been visiting his parents' house with his wife and a child.

The apartment building is located about 200 meters south of Toneri Station on the Nippori-Toneri Liner.

(Japanese original by Makoto Kakizaki, City News Department)

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