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Tokyo: Manhunt underway after man posing as courier strangles resident of apartment

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police are hunting for a man who disguised himself as an employee of a takkyubin delivery service before fatally strangling a 52-year-old male resident of an apartment Taito Ward on Saturday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Mar. 10).

At around 7:55 p.m., a woman tipped off emergency services, saying, “There was an intruder and now a member of my family is unconscious.”

Emergency personnel arriving at the residence, located on the seventh floor of a building in the Kita-Ueno district, found her former husband, Masaru Sudo, unconscious on a sofa.

Sudo was later confirmed dead at a hospital. His neck showed signs of strangulation, police said.

in Taito Ward
Man posing as deliveryman fatally strangled the male residence of an apartment in Taito Ward on Saturday (Twitter)

When asked about the incident, the woman said that the man arrived while dressed as a courier. After pushing his way inside, he knocked her unconscious. “When I awoke, he was atop Mr. Sudo, strangling him with a belt,” she said.

An examination of security camera footage by police showed a man, around the age of 40, dressed all in blue at the building at around 7:20 p.m. His face was covered by a hood and mask. He left the building at around 7:50 p.m.

Police are searching for his whereabouts on suspicion of murder.