TOYAMA – The police arrested one of their own on Saturday in connection with the 2010 slaying of an elderly couple in Toyama Prefecture.
Takeshi Kano, 54, assistant police inspector at the Toyama Prefectural Police, was arrested on suspicion of strangling Saburo Fukuda, 79, and his 75-year-old wife, Nobuko, on April 20, 2010, at their home in an office building and setting fire to the residence afterward, the police said.
Kano was quoted as admitting to the crime, saying he set fire to the building, owned by Fukuda, to destroy evidence.
Kano lived near the Fukudas’ home until the spring of 2004, and had been acquainted with the couple for over 30 years.
When the murder occurred, Kano was one of the people questioned but denied any involvement in the case.
According to police investigations, Kano had borrowed about ¥2 million from consumer loan companies. Fukuda ran a loan business.
Toyama police Chief Yasuo Niimi called a press conference Saturday evening and apologized to the public for allowing a police officer to commit a crime.
Kano has been a police officer since 1977.
Itabashi murder warrant
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department served a new arrest warrant to Genki Matsuo on Saturday on suspicion of murdering and robbing 34-year-old homemaker Kumi Arai in Itabashi Ward last month.
Matsuo, 23, who had been arrested on theft charges, refuses to answer questions on the murder-robbery, said members of the investigation team at Takashimadaira Police Station.
The new warrant says Matsuo is suspected of stabbing Arai to death at her home in Akatsuka, Itabashi Ward, from around 3:35-3:50 p.m. on Nov. 21 and robbing her of her purse and cash card.
Investigative sources said Matsuo is believed to have entered Arai’s home by breaking a kitchen window after confirming nobody was inside.
Matsuo killed Arai after she apparently returned while he was ransacking her home, the sources said, adding that a DNA sample matching Arai’s was detected on shoes confiscated from Matsuo’s home.
Matsuo was arrested Dec. 1 for withdrawing some ¥250,000 in cash from an ATM at a convenience store near Ikebukuro Station in neighboring Toshima Ward.
He used Arai’s card to withdraw the money and is believed have obtained information on her personal identification number by threatening her with his knife.