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US airman in Japan dies in stabbing, Japanese woman arrested

November 13, 2018

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says a U.S. airman in Japan has been stabbed and later died at a hospital. Japanese police say they have arrested a suspect, a Japanese woman.

The Air Force said in a statement that 35-year-old Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, from the 374th Airlift Wing, was found unconscious in his off-base home with stab wounds Friday.

Japanese police identified the suspect as 27-year-old Aria Saito. They said she was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, allegedly stabbing Vollweiler in the neck.

Japanese media said Saito was telling police she killed Vollweiler because she did not want to end their relationship.

Police and the U.S. military declined to comment on the reports.

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