Aum fugitive likely taking taxis to avoid security cameras, police say
Police said Tuesday that security camera footage shows wanted Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Katsuya Takahashi getting into a taxi at JR Kawasaki Station.
Police previously reported that Takahashi, 54, was last spotted by a Kawasaki city official after he was filmed by a security camera at around 2:30 p.m. on June 4. However, police now believe security camera footage indicates Takahashi took a taxi to Kawasaki Station later that day, NTV reported.
The camera did not capture the man’s face, but police believe the footage shows Takahashi getting into a taxi at the station, shortly after having purchased a wheeled duffel bag at a nearby store in Kawasaki.
Police believe that he took the taxi to the dormitory of the construction company he worked for to pack his belongings and flee.
Since then, the trail has gone cold. Police say Takahashi withdrew 2.38 million yen in cash from a credit association before fleeing and they believe he has been taking taxis to avoid security cameras at train and bus stations.