Hostages-Taker arrested in Japan after 11 hours of standoffs, hostages found dead

According to police, a 66-year-old Japanese man was arrested on Friday after shooting a medical worker and taking a doctor hostage at an 11-hour stand-off.

Watanabe was arrested at his home in Fujimino City, Saitama Prefecture, on Friday morning.

Watanabe reportedly attacked three medical personnel who were at home around 9 pm on Thursday.

According to police, the victim was in charge of home medical care for the suspect’s mother and visited the local media Kyodo News to express condolences after her mother’s death. report..

The suspect is alleged to have taken a 44-year-old doctor, Junichi Suzuki, as a hostage at home with a gun. Suzuki was in cardiopulmonary arrest because police could not confirm his condition during the 11-hour standoff. This is the term used in Japan before death was officially confirmed.

Suzuki was later confirmed dead as a result of being shot. Standoffs ended only after police broke into the suspect’s house and arrested him.

Watanabe also shot a second victim, a 41-year-old physiotherapist, and sprayed tear gas on the third victim. Both were taken to the hospital, but the second victim remained unconscious.

Local emergency authorities were notified of the incident at around 9:15 pm after receiving reports from residents in the area who claimed to have heard the two shot dead.

Approximately 110 residents were evacuated and all nearby elementary and junior high schools were closed all day as a result of standoffs that lasted until Friday morning.

During the standoffs, police spoke to Watanabe on the phone, during which time he made no special requests. According to police, the suspect professed to help Suzuki and sought help.

Some neighbors argued that Mr. Watanabe lives with his bedridden mother and rarely takes care of his mother and associates with his neighbors.

“I got the impression that he was really devoted to caring for his mother,” said one resident.

Gun-related crimes are rare in Japan due to strict gun control laws, with only six gun-related deaths reported in 2014. The first amendment to the law since 1995 imposes heavier penalties for gun crimes committed by members of the organization. Criminal group.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Aldograph Redley


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.