Tokyo police: Suspected murderer found in Harajuku

The suspect was apprehended in front of Meiji-Jingumae Station in Shibuya Ward
The suspect was apprehended in front of Meiji-Jingumae Station in Shibuya Ward

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 52-year-old man who had been wanted in connection with the killing of his mother last month in Shizuoka Prefecture, reports the Sankei Shimbun (April 6).

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, officers from the Harajuku Police Station found Tadayoshi Noda sitting on a road in front of Tokyo Metro’s Meiji-Jingumae Station, located in Shibuya Ward. During questioning, police obtained his name through his insurance card found in his possession.

Noda had been wanted for questioning by Shizuoka Prefectural Police since late last month for the stabbing death of his mother in Aoi Ward of Shizuoka City. On March 22, Shizuoka police found the body of Fukuko Noda, 77, lying face-up on a bed of her residence with several stab wounds to her face.

The victim shared the residence with her son. His whereabouts were unknown at the time of the discovery.

The suspect, who has been charged with murder, admits to the allegations.

According to the Chunichi Shimbun (April 6), the suspect had no money in his possession at the time of his apprehension. Police believe the suspect has been living on the streets since the day of the crime and arrived in Tokyo via bus.

Police are now attempting to determine a motive for the crime.

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