Man found stabbed to death in Tokyo hotel; 3 apprehended


(Mainichi/Masaaki Shimano, file)

TOKYO – Police have launched a murder and robbery investigation and arrested three people after an elderly man was found stabbed to death at a hotel in the capital’s Ikebukuro district on January 21, officials said. investigators.

The man, identified as Katsuzo Konno, 82, a resident of the northern Tokyo city of Saitama, was found in a hotel room in the Toshima district around 10 p.m. after police received a call emergency from a public telephone.

On the morning of January 22, police arrested three people in their twenties in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji in connection with the case. One of the three, a woman, was reportedly at the hotel with Konno at the time of the incident. The police continue to question the three.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said Konno was stabbed in the chest and right leg. A wallet in the hotel room belonging to him did not contain cash, and the MPD set up an investigation headquarters at Ikebukuro police station.

Investigators said Konno checked in with a woman around 8:10 p.m., but left the hotel about an hour later. The three currently in custody were recorded together by a security camera near the hotel.

The emergency call came in around 9.45pm. The caller told police: “I got a message from my friend saying, ‘This is serious. Please come.”

The hotel is located in a busy area near JR Ikebukuro Station.

(Japanese original by Kazuki Mogami, Takuya Suzuki and Maki Kihara, Tokyo City News Department)


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