SAITAMA – A man being held in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, over a suspected killing spree is thought to be the brother of a man dubbed “The Apostle of Death,” considered Peru’s most prolific mass murderer.
Vayron Jonathan Nakada Ludena, 30, is unconscious in a hospital with a broken skull after falling from the second floor of a house while being pursued by police.
According to sources in identity records offices in Peru, Nakada is the sibling of Pablo Nakada Ludena, who killed 25 people in Peru between 2000 and 2006.
Pablo Nakada Ludena, 42, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and has attempted suicide. He has been held in a psychiatric prison east of Lima, since 2007.
In 2011, he told TV reporters from behind bars: “I am not a criminal, I’m a cleaner, I got rid of homosexuals and the homeless from society. I killed 25 people to clean the world of scum.”
Meanwhile, in Kumagaya, police have found letters apparently written in blood at the home of Minoru Tasaki and his wife, Misae, who were found murdered Monday, it was learned Thursday.
Police believe the letters, which are not in Japanese, were written by Nakada, 30, who was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in six slayings at three homes in the city this week.
On Sunday afternoon, the Saitama Prefectural Police received a tip at Kumagaya Police Station about a foreigner, who turned out to be Nakada, acting suspiciously in front of a home in Kumagaya. Nakada told the resident, “I have no money.” He was then taken to the police station but later ran away.
Later in the day, police were notified of break-ins committed by a foreigner at other homes in the city, and obtained an arrest warrant for Nakada on Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a shed at one of them.
On Wednesday, an 84-year-old woman, Kazuyo Shiraishi, was found dead in a bathtub at her home. A relative who went to visit found blood in the residence. The relative called the police, who then found Shiraishi’s body in a bathtub.
Officers then spotted a man with a knife looking out of a second-floor window nearby and asked him to drop it. He sat on a window frame, cut both wrists, released the knife and fell to the ground, according to the police.
Nakada also had two kitchen knives when he was arrested, investigators said. Police suspect he may have stolen them from the homes he allegedly broke into.
When police searched the home, where a woman named Miwako Kato and her two daughters, Misaki and Haruka, both elementary school students, were living, they found the three stabbed to death.
The Katos’ home was close to two other houses where three people had been found dead with stab wounds over the previous few days.
Police suspect Nakada attacked the victims with a kitchen knife at each of the houses he broke into. Although he had little money, as he left his wallet at the police station Sunday before fleeing, he did not seem to have searched for money in the houses allegedly entered, police sources said.
According to Nakada’s former employer, he started working for a deli food factory in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, in August, but quit on Sept. 12. He had no trouble with the employer, factory officials said.
There were other Peruvian workers in the factory, but he seldom spoke and was often alone, former colleagues said.
Some 2,000 Peruvian people live in Isesaki, working at car and food factories, the second-largest non-Japanese community next to Brazilians.