April 20, 2024

Cops Bust Woman and Her Parents in Grisly Hotel Robbery Case in Japan

Authorities in Japan announced Tuesday that they have arrested a woman and her parents in connection with a case where a decapitated man was found in a hotel room bathtub three weeks ago.

Reports say an employee at a hotel in the northern city of Sapporo found the naked, headless body in the tub on July 2. The victim’s head was then missing until Monday, when police say they found it at the family home of a psychiatrist, according to the Kyodo news agency.

Authorities said they detained Runa Tamura, 29, and her 59-year-old psychiatrist father, Osamu Tamura, on Monday on suspicion of conspiring to decapitate the victim in the hotel room before moving the severed head to another location in the dead of night between July 1 and July 2.

Their home was raided on Tuesday, and police also arrested Runa’s mother, Hiroko Tamura, a 60-year-old part-time worker, on suspicion of conspiring with her husband and daughter on the same charge.

Police did not provide details on how the daughter and her parents allegedly cooperated, and a motive remains under investigation. Authorities also did not confirm whether Runa and the victim – identified as Hitoshi Ura, 62 – knew each other.

Runa may also have a history of mental illness, police noted, with local media reports suggesting she had relapsed since she was young.

According to Kyodo News, the victim and another person believed to be Runa checked into a hotel together in the Susukino district – famous for its short-stay “love hotels” that charge hourly rates to people looking for a discreet place for sex.

It was reported that the person who was seen arriving at the hotel in Ura was wearing light women’s clothes and a wide-brimmed hat but left about three hours later dressed in black. The person was also seen carrying a large bag as they left.

When no one had checked out of the room by the evening of July 2, a member of staff at the hotel went to see what was going on. Inside, the worker found Ura’s body in the bathtub. His belongings were missing and the bed looked unused.

An autopsy on Ura’s body found that he died as a result of hemorrhagic shock caused by blood loss from a stab wound, according to the South China Morning Post, although his head was cut off using a blade taken from the scene. Investigators say they now plan to perform another autopsy on the recovered skull.

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