Not contented with killing one and injuring three others in a 10-minute rampage in Chiba Prefecture, the man arrested by police for the said crimes confessed that he wanted to hijack a plane from the Haneda airport to fly into the Tokyo Skytree as revenge on society. Police has taken into custody 24-year old Seiju Takei after murdering his neighbor, 31-year old Hiroya Ikema.
The series of crimes began around 11:35 PM with a man on a bike slashed on his left wrist. The second victim, Ikema was walking nearby when he was stabbed. Takei demanded money from the third victim and then stabbed him afterwards to which, the fourth victim, seeing a bloody man on the street, stopped his car to help. He was attacked by Takei and his car driven away, to be later found left at a convenience store 1.5 km away from the crime scene. Prior to his arrest, Takei spoke to reporters telling them he saw Ikema being stabbed through his window. He described a man on the ground being stabbed repeatedly by his attacker who was smiling the whole time. He also told them that he filmed the attack and police advised him not to show the video to the reporters.
Police identified Takei from a surveillance video that showed the him leaving the stolen car. When police went to Takei’s apartment to search it, he was quoted to have said, “Checkmate.” They found a blood-stained knife in his apartment and blood on Takei’s clothing was a match to Ikema’s after DNA tests. He also told police that he needed money because he is unemployed and that he is discontent with society. Thus, he plans to fly a plane into the Tokyo Skytree building to strike back at society. He admitted to committing the four attacks, but police said that he showed no regret for doing so. A psychologist interviewed by NHK said that Takei must have been motivated to speak to the reporters because he wants to get attention and feel important.
[via Japan Today]
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