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Hokkaido cops raid Yamaguchi-gumi office over ’18 assault

HOKKAIDO (TR) – As a part of an investigation into the assault of a man nearly five years ago, Hokkaido Prefectural Police on Friday raided an office connected to the Yamaguchi-gumi in Asahikawa City.

Earlier in the week, police accused Tomonori Hino, a 54-year-old member of the Kyokudo-kai, of attempted murder. He was sent to prosecutors on Thursday. Police did not reveal whether the suspect admits to the allegations.

On June 4, 2018, Hino allegedly used a knife to slash the chest and head of the man, who is an acquaintance of the suspect. The victim suffered injuries that required two weeks to heal, police said.

During the search on Friday, about a dozen investigators searched for evidence linking the gang to the crime.

After the crime, Hino admitted involvement to a relative of the victim. When asked why it took nearly five years to make an arrest, police said, “It took time to build a case.”