Suspect arrested after Japanese man shot dead in Paraguay


Paraguayan police have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of fatally shooting a Japanese resident of Pedro Juan Caballero, eastern Paraguay, late last month.

The suspect, arrested on Wednesday, reportedly denies killing grocer and financial worker Hiroyuki Sato, 60, who was gunned down outside his home by two men on a motorcycle.

Police have identified the second suspect, who remains at large.

Investigation sources say the arrested man being may have been commissioned to kill Sato, a grocer, by someone else. He is also suspected of involvement in two other murders, the sources said.

The man was seized while attempting to flee to neighboring Brazil early Thursday morning, the sources said.

Sato was gunned down by two men on a motorbike in front of his house in the Paraguayan city on Jan. 29. He exchanged words with the men before the shooting took place.

The pair left the scene without stealing any of Sato’s belongings.

Sato, from the city of Tamano in Okayama Prefecture, emigrated to Paraguay with his family more than 50 years ago.