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Japanese Man Allegedly Kills Girlfriend in San Jose Airbnb

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    A Japanese man is facing life imprisonment over the alleged murder of his girlfriend at an Airbnb property in San Jose, California.

    Ryoichi Fuseya, 25, was arrested on Feb. 19, a day after his girlfriend, Yuiko Takaoka, 26, was found lifeless at the rental cottage on Mountain View Avenue in East Foothills, a neighborhood in San Jose, Calif.

    Ryoichi Fuseya. Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

    Takaoka, who was a Japanese national, was found “covered under some blankets on a bed with a large amount of blood and major trauma (contusion) under her chin,” according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Leslie.

    Aside from “multiple blood-soaked blankets and sheets,” deputies also found a photo of the couple, a single piece of mail for Fuseya and a bloody kitchen knife, which they believe was used to slay Takaoka, according to The Mercury News.

    Further investigation revealed that Takaoka’s Toyota Prius — which had been missing — was at the home of Fuseya’s mother in San Lorenzo, approximately 30 minutes from San Jose.

    Interestingly, authorities were unable to find any property that belonged to Fuseya, suggesting that he had fled the premises with all his belongings.

    Fuseya was arraigned on Feb. 21 in the Santa Clara County Superior Court on one count of murder with a weapon enhancement. So far, no motive for the crime has been documented.

    “It was a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship from what we know,” said Deputy District Attorney Carlos Vega, according to KRON 4. “At this point, the case is ongoing.”

    Fuseya is currently held at the Santa Clara County Main Jail without bail pending his formal plea in court next month.

    The Airbnb owner, who lives in the front cottage, declined to comment on the case.

    Airbnb has temporarily put the Mountain View home out of its listings.

    Anyone with information about the case can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 408-808-4500 or submit an anonymous tip at 408-808-4431.

    Feature Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

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