20-year-old idol Tomita Mayu, who has no relation to the former AKB48 member, was recently stabbed almost two dozen times by a fan who was likely stalking her and now lies in critical condition in the hospital.
A young female idol is in critical condition after she was repeatedly stabbed by an apparent fan in the city of Koganei, Tokyo, police said. Mayu Tomita, 20, has yet to regain consciousness after suffering nearly two dozen stab wounds to her neck and chest.
Police arrested Tomohiro Iwazaki, 27, after he was seen assaulting Tomita with a knife at an event held in a building in the city at around 5 p.m. on Saturday. The suspect was reported to be a fan of hers and has admitted attacking her, according to police. Tomita may have been a victim of stalking. The Metropolitan Police Department said the idol had consulted police earlier this month, saying a man named Iwazaki had persistently written to her via her blog and Twitter account. When police received a call from an eyewitness and rushed to the scene, they found a bloody folding knife. Iwazaki was standing nearby and admitted using the knife to stab her.
A horrific crime and I hope she pulls through.
I’m in disbelief right now, but I guess I shouldn’t be. The stuff about the fan persistently harassing on her blog and Twitter should hit home with a lot of people considering we all routinely witness this type of behavior taking place in regards to idols. Just scary.