Man accused of fatally stabbing five neighbors in Japan

The victims all lived within 100 meters of the suspect's home, police said.

Story highlights

  • Police in Japan say they have arrested a man, 40, after five neighbors were fatally stabbed
  • The accused shares the same surname as the victims, aged 59 to 84, local media say
  • A police official says the man has admitted to the stabbings but refused to comment further

Tokyo (CNN)Police in Japan say they have arrested a 40-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing five neighbors in a farming community in Sumoto city.

The man has admitted stabbing three women aged 59, 76 and 84, as well as two men aged 62 and 82, Deputy Police Chief Keizo Okumoto told CNN. He said the accused refused to comment further as he was awaiting his lawyer.
    The victims -- two couples and the 84-year-old woman -- lived within 100 meters (330 feet) of the suspect's home, police said.
    According to local media, the accused and the victims shared the same surname, but it is unclear if they are related.
    Sumoto city is on Awaji Island, Hyogo prefecture, in Japan.