FUKUOKA (TR) – Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Wednesday will re-arrest an upper-ranking member of the Kudo-kai organized crime group for participation in two arson attacks, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 25).
On August 14 of 2012, Keigo Kikuchi, the number-three boss of the gang, is believed to have given the order for the lighting of fires inside two buildings containing shops and restaurants in Kitakyushu City’s Kokurakita Ward.
The fires, which were started inside elevators, took place approximately two weeks before the businesses had posted anti-gang stickers outside their properties. Four men and women were taken to nearby hospitals due to smoke inhalation.
Kikuchi already faces charges of attempted murder for the stabbing of a nurse in 2013.