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Kyoto animation arson suspect with ‘unspecified mental health issues’ is apprehended, admits to attack using gasoline

"The suspect at the center of Japan's worst mass killing in almost 20 years told police that his work was plagiarized and that he used gasoline to torch the renowned Kyoto Animation studio, killing 33 people."

Written with extracts from NHK Kyodo News & CNN

July 20th 2019

The suspect at the center of Japan’s worst mass killing in almost 20 years told police that his work was plagiarized and that he used gasoline to torch the renowned Kyoto Animation studio, killing 33 people.

Twelve men, 20 women and another individual whose gender was unknown died in the blaze and 35 were injured. All of those who died were employees.

As they apprehended the suspect, police said the man spoke about his work being plagiarized but cautioned that they need to wait until the suspect is formally interviewed before confirming a motive.

The 41-year-old man being held in connection with a deadly arson attack at a Kyoto animation studio has admitted to using gasoline to set fire to the three-story building and indicated that personal grudge was a likely motive, local police said Friday.

Police identified the suspect as 41-year-old Shinji Aoba during a press conference on Friday and said he has unspecified mental health issues. Kyoto Fushimi Police spokesperson Ryoji Nishiyama said they were not yet aware of a link between the suspect and the studio in Kyoto’s Fushimi-ku district.

The suspect, who was secured on the spot, lived in an apartment in Saitama City on the 18th when a studio in “Kyoto Animation” in Kyoto City was set on fire and 33 people died.

A man in his 40s living in the room next to Aoba said, “I think the man moved in a couple of years ago. Last summer, music like games or anime from the man’s room at dawn was repeated loudly and loudly. There was noise trouble, but even if the police officer who rushed to the window slammed and called, it didn’t seem to come out of the room. “I do not know.”

A man in his twenties living in the room next to the other side said, “A few days ago, the door and the wall of the room were knocked up, so when you go with caution, you grabbed the chest and said,” I have nothing to do with you. It was the first time that I had talked about it, but I was told the police several times because I had routinely made game music louder than before. .

According to a 27-year-old man who lives in the room next to Aoba, Aoba has witnessed a trip out on a road bike once every two to three months and has not had any connection.

However, around 14 noon this month, the noise of another room was misunderstood as the noise of my room, and Aoba was knocked on the door etc., and a cry of “oh” was heard.

For this reason, I knocked on the next room to convey that I was not myself, and came out and suddenly grabbed the chest, “I will kill you,” “Shut up,” “Because I can’t afford it,” ” There is nothing to lose, “he said, saying, he kept saying for about 10 minutes and did not become a conversation.

A man living next door said, “The sound of the speaker’s vibration was heard for about one hour from 12 o’clock on weekdays, and the game-like sound was repeated around noon on Saturdays and Sundays. But I felt fear and I was just thinking about moving. ”
According to officials, Aoba had previously lived in Ibaraki prefecture, and was arrested and charged with suspicion of robbery and allegedly robbed cash at a convenience store in Bando City, Ibaraki prefecture in 2012 seven years ago, and imprisonment He had been sentenced to three years and six months in prison. He had been receiving welfare and sometimes received nursing care because of mental illness. Also, last year was that police officers were dispatched to the scene due to noise problems with neighbors.

 

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