Police track last Aum fugitive's movements
Police in Tokyo have released new images of fugitive Aum Shinrikyo member Katsuya Takahashi, 54, who has been on the run for his suspected involvement in the deadly 1995 gas attack on a Tokyo subway.
Takahashi is the last member of the Aum cult still by hunted by police in connection with the attack, which killed 13 and injured about 50 people.
Police on Wednesday released new images of a man believed to be Takahashi to the public. Police say Takahashi was captured on CCTV security cameras withdrawing money from a credit association in Kawasaki on June 4, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Takahashi is seen with a red rucksack.
Japanese media outlets report that police believe Takahashi was hiding in Kawasaki until recently and moved apartments within the city in December. He had been using the name Shinya Sakurai and working at a construction company until last Friday, police said.
Police say Takahashi withdrew 2.38 million yen in cash before briefly returning to a company dormitory where he had been staying. Police say he then fled with his belongings, following which investigators searched the room and found DNA evidence linking him to the dormitory, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Although the trail has now gone cold, police say Takahashi is a native of Kawasaki and is believed to be still in the area.
Takahashi lived for around 10 years with Naoko Kikuchi, 40, who was arrested in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sunday. Kikuchi was turned over to Tokyo police to face charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the sarin gas attack.
Sources say Takahashi fled from his Aum hideout shortly before a police raid that took place on March 22, 1995. He was subsequently placed on a wanted list, where he has remained for 17 years.