AICHI (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday raided an organized crime office within the Yamaguchi-gumi in connection with a home invasion case in Tokyo from earlier this year, reports NHK (July 24).
At around 10:00 a.m., about 40 officers entered an office of the Kodo-kai, an affiliate of the Yamaguchi-gumi, in Ama City in search of evidence connected to an incident in which three male perpetrators tied up a woman at her residence in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on April 12.
In carrying out the crime, the three perpetrators tied the arms and legs of a woman, then 61, with adhesive tape at the residence, located in the Hyakunincho area, and began ransacking the interior. After the men fled empty-handed, the woman freed herself, police said previously.
Payment of jonokin
Thus far, police have arrested six persons in the case, including Shinobu Ishikawa, a 46-year-old gang member is who is believed to have given the instructions for the crime. “I was at the scene, but I did not carry out the crime,” the suspect was quoted by police in denying the allegations.
After the incident in April, Ishikawa likely hid at the residence of the gang, police said.
Police believe Ishikawa ordered more than one dozen similar break-ins that targeted wealthy individuals in an effort to pay jonokin, which is money funneled from lower-ranking members upward within the gang.