EHIME (TR) – Ehime Prefectural Police have arrested an organized crime member in the stabbing death of a member of rival syndicate in Saijo City on Tuesday, reports TBS News (June 14).
At around 7:00 p.m., Okito Yokoi, a 75-year-old boss of an affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi, allegedly stabbed Mitsuhiro Oka, 52, several times in the abdomen on a road in the Kanbaiko area. Oka was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at a nearby hospital.
Yokoi has been charged with murder. The suspect has declined to comment on the allegations.
Oka, a 52-year-old resident of Niihama City, was a member of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi. After the incident, police spoke with several members of the gang and subsequently took Yokoi in for voluntary questioning.
According to police, the incident is being viewed as a personal dispute between the suspect and victim. However, prefectural police have established a special task force composed of 60 officers to investigate the matter in light of the ongoing feud between the two gangs.