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Warrant obtained for Peruvian suspected in Saitama slayings


Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a Peruvian man being held over the murder of a couple in Saitama Prefecture, investigative sources said.

The suspect, Vayron Jonathan Nakada Ludena, 30, was still in a coma Monday after falling Wednesday from the second-floor window of a house where three other people were murdered in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture.

He is suspected of killing Minoru Tasaki, 55, and his wife Misae, 53, who were found dead Sept. 14.

DNA evidence found at the Tasaki home allegedly matches Nakada’s, and the police obtained an arrest warrant for him in connection with the break-in at their home and with the murder of the couple.

The police suspect that Nakada was involved in the deaths of four other people in Kumagaya. They include two young sisters who were found murdered at the home where he was captured.

The girls had deep neck cuts, and the location of the cuts, as well as the apparent manner of the attack, indicated the perpetrator intended to kill, the police said.

The victims, Misaki Kato, 10, and her sister, Haruka, 7, were found dead Wednesday along with their 41-year-old mother, Miwako, who also had suffered knife wounds.

Another suspected victim was found dead Wednesday. Kazuyo Shiraishi, 84, has suffered numerous stab wounds. Her body was found in her home’s bathtub, which had been covered with a lid, according to the police.

Police sources said a doormat had apparently been used to conceal bloodstains at Shiraishi’s home.

Nakada had been questioned at Kumagaya Police Station on Sept. 13 after he was found standing at the entrance of a house. He had told the resident he did not have money, according to the police.

Nakada fled from the police station while waiting for an interpreter, leaving behind his belongings, including about ¥3,400 in cash.

He had quit his job at a deli food factory in Isesaki, Gunma Prefecture, on Sept. 12, according to the company. He had told police during questioning that he had come from Maebashi, Gunma, by train.