JapanKyota Hattori, suspected of stabbing a knife on the Tokyo subway on Halloween night, said he “wanted to kill as many people as possible and receive the death penalty”.
An investigative source said that during today’s interrogation, Kyota Hattori explained the execution of the attack in the capital Tokyo, and chose the time of Halloween night, thinking that the train would be overcrowded with passengers and there would be more victims.
“I want to kill as many people as possible. I want to accept the death penalty,” a police spokesman recounted the 24-year-old’s testimony, adding that he had been thinking about it “since around June.”
The attack took place on October 31 on a subway train bound for Tokyo’s Shinjuku station. Hattori wore a green shirt, blue vest, and purple coat like the Joker, the villain in the Batman movies, leading many passengers to think he was dressed up for Halloween.
However, as the train approached Kokuryo station, Hattori suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed a 70-year-old man in the right chest, then swung the knife wildly, and poured an oil-like liquid from a plastic bottle onto the floor and set it ablaze, setting fire to the seat on the train. burnt. The Tokyo Fire Department said 17 passengers were injured in the attack, three of them seriously.
Hattori left his hometown of Fukuoka for Tokyo at the end of September, months after leaving the company where he worked for three years. Sources say Hattori is deeply in debt, having stayed in hotels in the cities of Kobe and Nagoya.
In Tokyo, Hattori buys a Joker-like costume, lighter gasoline, and bug spray. According to the investigator’s statement, the suspect prepared gasoline to be burned on the train, indicating that this was a premeditated attack. Hattori also admitted that he had failed at work and had problems with his friends, and admired the character of the Joker.
This is the second stabbing incident on the Tokyo subway in three months. A 38-year-old man stabs 10 passengers on a train in Tokyo on Aug. 7. The suspect then gave in and said he wanted to attack the happy-looking woman. Shootings are rare in Japan, but the country has had many fatal stabbings.
Luster (Based on SCMP, Reuters)