Warrant served for three of seven Hyogo stabbing deaths

Kyodo

A 47-year-old man who admitted fatally stabbing seven relatives and wounding another in Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture, in August was served an arrest warrant Tuesday for three of the slayings and for the attempted murder.

When he was taken into custody, Yasutaka Fujishiro had reportedly admitted killing the seven “due to long years of hatred.”

But police, who drew criticism for repeatedly failing to act on complaints by the victims about Fujishiro’s violent behavior, waited to issue an arrest warrant because he was hospitalized for serious burns to his arms that were suffered either when he crashed his car into a bridge abutment or earlier allegedly torched his house.

Four men and three women were found fatally stabbed and another woman seriously wounded in the early morning of Aug. 2 in two homes in Kakogawa near that of Fujishiro.

He was formally arrested Tuesday for three of the slayings, including that of his 80-year-old aunt, Toshiko Fujishiro, and the knife wounding of another woman with the intent to kill her, police said.

They are expected to pursue charges against Fujishiro soon for the other four killings.

Fujishiro was taken into custody for causing an auto accident while fleeing from the murder scene after setting fire to his house.

Police pulled him from his burning car and he was hospitalized for burns.

Police have admitted receiving repeated complaints from the victims and neighbors about Fujishiro’s violent behavior over the past several years.