A U.S. airman was stabbed to death on Friday, reportedly by a woman he tried to break up with, according to the U.S. Air Force.
Washington Post reports 35-year-old Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, from the 374th Airlift Wing, was stabbed to death Friday night in Japan. Authorities found him at an off-base location in Tachikawa , unconscious from stab wounds. He was rushed to the hospital and shortly after, pronounced dead.
According to investigators, Vollweiler’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Aria Saito, killed Vollweiller when he suggested they break off the relationship. The suspect, who reportedly said the “break up talk got complicated,” supposedly threatened to kill herself.
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#Breaking: Air Force officials have identified an airman stabbed to death Friday outside the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo as Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35. https://t.co/7o7fdjDXLv
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) November 11, 2018
“I stabbed a man I was dating with a knife, aiming at his right neck,” Saito allegedly told investigators, according to Military.com.
Authorities arrested Saito at the crime scene and held her on suspicion of murder. According to Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman, Saito was an office worker with the Koto ward in Tokyo. Authorities are expected to upgrade the charge against the suspect to murder.
The Air Force is currently working with the Japanese National Police as they continue to investigate the incident.
Meanwhile, 374th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Otis Jones, said Vollweil, who was originally from Pennsylvania, was a “a truly valued airman.”
“His family, friends, fellow defenders, and all of the Yokota community are in our prayers during this heartbreaking time.”
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[Feature Photo: Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler/U.S. Air Force]