A 37-year-old man suspected of killing a female member of an acting troupe in Tokyo last August has confessed to murdering her, investigative sources have said.
Takahiro Tokura initially denied involvement in the death of 25-year-old Risa Kagaya after he was arrested Saturday, but reversed his statement Sunday evening, saying, “I killed her and will take responsibility,” the sources said Monday.
Police believe the two were unacquainted as Tokura’s contact information was not registered on Kagaya’s smartphone and as they found no personal connection between the two after visiting her workplace and questioning the troupe and friends.
They said they suspect Tokura came to know of Kagaya after seeing her in the areas he lived and worked.
“I didn’t know her but I spotted her just before the incident and followed her. When she arrived back at her home, I came in right after,” Tokura was quoted by investigators as saying.
He also told police that he at first attempted to strangle Kagaya but then found an object in the room, which he used to kill her.
Tokura had been working at a real estate agency in Shinjuku Ward, near where Kagaya had a part-time job, up until roughly two months before the murder. His home was also only 400 meters away from Kagaya’s in Nakano Ward at the time of the murder, they said.
After the murder, Tokura moved back to his hometown in Fukushima Prefecture, where he was arrested.
He is suspected of killing Kagaya in her condominium sometime between early last Aug. 25 and Aug. 26. A surveillance camera recorded images of him near the murder scene on Aug. 24, the sources said.
Several pieces of Kagaya’s clothing and a bag have gone missing, along with some other possessions, but none were found at Tokura’s home during a search of the residence, they added.